Virtual Relationships? Sexting Partner Relationships? Say What?
It’s 2016, and love and sex are no longer limited by the confines of the physical world. Long-distance relationships and even purely virtual ones are becoming increasingly common, Technology makes it so easy to maintain a human connection no matter where you are. These kinds of relationships can be immensely fulfilling. They are also undeniably different than the traditional kind and require some special considerations.
Make It a Priority
Out of sight, out of mind – it’s not just an old saying. It can easily become a prophecy that will doom your relationship if you don’t take some steps against it. Don’t let the fact that you don’t physically see your partner every day become an excuse to go days or weeks without speaking to them. Instead, make them a priority. Even if you’re crunched for time, you can take a few minutes to send them a text. Just let them know they’re on your mind. Or, to give them a little something enticing to keep you on theirs.
Get Creative About Ways to Connect
Virtual relationships don’t allow for classic bonding moments like dinner dates or trips to the movies, but that doesn’t mean that you’re limited to simple “chats.” There’s plenty you can do that only requires an Internet connection, such as:
- Play a game together online
- Watch a new show or movie on a simultaneous stream, so you can see each other’s reactions
- Try a new recipe together on a video chat line
- Research fantasy vacation locations together
Most things you would do in person can be done virtually. It just requires a little extra thought.
Virtual relationships are obviously not going to involve physical sex. Human beings naturally crave some sort of sexual connection, and your bond will be deeper and more likely to last if you find a way to get around this limitation. Sexting with your Partner lets you get as close to the real thing as possible and even offers some appealing creative freedom that you wouldn’t otherwise get. You can go the traditional route and only exchange sexy written messages, or you can make use of the abundance of cameras embedded in pretty much all modern devices to see and hear your partner too.
Meet Up For Real
This goes without saying for couples who consider themselves temporarily separated (i.e. they intend to reunite in the same place at some point), but nowadays there are many couples who meet and maintain their relationship entirely online. That technology can allow this is nothing short of incredible, but there is something to be said for physically being together also. Try to meet up in person at least once if you can. It might not be easy, but it’ll bring a whole new dimension to your online interactions that will make it well worth your while.