The Importance Of Long-Distance Friendships

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Long-distance friendships have been categorized under relationships that often run into failure. Many disregard the ability for these relationships to maintain strength; therefore, many fail to pay attention to these friendships, allowing themselves to assume that they will simply not work out. There are many scholarly journals that focus on studies done comparing geographically close friendships and long-distance friendships. These journals are able to bring attention to the ways in which the studies go against this predetermined idea of the likeliness of a strong long-distance relationship. Through advancements in communication as well as a strong sense of commitment in the relatinship, long-distance friendships are just as capable as attaining …show more content…
Commitment in friendship can be defined as, “…motivation to continue a friendship into the future” (Johnson 397). If both members of the friendship are willing to take measures in making their relationship work, then doing so will become more of a reality. It is brought up that “The depth of the friendship and the commitment to the friendship appeared to play a role in how maintenance behavior was adjusted following the relocation” (Finchum 99). It can be inferred that a deep level of friendship and a high level of commitment from those involved in the friendship is important in the ability to maintain friendships once they become long-distance friendships. The article titled, “Friendships Are Flexible, Not Fragile: Turning Points in Geographically-close and Long-distance Friendships” shows that not only are these two factors essential in maintenance of these friendships, but there have been studies conducted that demonstrate signs of positive association between them (Becker et al. 352, 360). With high levels of commitment as well as a high value in the particular relationship, long-distance friendships are seen to be handled better than if the commitment is missing and the level of importance is …show more content…
Amy Janan Johnson mentions a hypothesis in the article, “Examining the Maintenance of Friendships: Are There Differences between Geographically Close and Long-distance Friends?” The hypothesis stands by the idea that higher levels of satisfaction and closeness will be more evident in closer friendships, in terms of distance, as opposed to long-distance friendships (Johnson 427). After the study, it is concluded that the hypothesis is not supported, due to an absence in the existence of significant differences in the levels of satisfaction and closeness (429). Rather than one type of friendship obtaining a better outcome in terms of a strong relationship bond, it is evident to note that both types of relationships may have equal amounts of value. Due to the distance, “…a long-distance friendship may lack some of the ongoing every day behaviors common in geographically close friendships, but these maintenance behaviors may not be essential to having a close, satisfying relationship” (431). Even solely through technological communication, it is still possible to attain, as well as maintain, a friendship with an abundance of closeness and satisfaction. It is found possible for friendships to be approached in different manners yet still succeed in effective maintenance. It is stated that, “…while GC and LD friends maintained

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