I suggest you do a tag search for "ldr" as there are threads there about long distance relationships.
The benefits of ldr's are that things go at a slow pace which allows for things to process slowly and with care. NRE lasts longer that way and closeness can be more intense because if emailing, texting etc. Its a viable option to have ldr's. Having long drawn out holidays to see each other for big chunks of time is nice too.
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