Posted by: lindseychristine | September 29, 2009

Miles apart + Skype = LoveSaver

long-distance-relationship-imageLong distance college relationships. Enough said. They’re tough. However, with the right attitude and mindset of it all, you can make the best of it. Communication, especially those in such situations, is truly key to maintaining strong and lasting relationships. Of course modern communication allows us to stay connected with a significant other in many ways such as talking on cell phones, texting, emailing and instant messaging. Unfortunately when two people are far away the one element missing from such forms of communication is physical interaction. When two people spend weeks or even months away from each other those lengthy instant messages, text messages, and emails can seem rather impersonal. Writing to one another through technological means does not allow for emotional reactions to be seen or tones of voices to be heard. Such absent factors can really place a damper on a relationship and messages can be misinterpreted. After all it’s not what you say, but how you say it right?

Couples located across the map can take advantage of seeing and hearing one another through Skype. Video chatting on Skype is beneficial because it allows a stronger connection and sense of closeness to be achieved. This brilliant website, which hit the web in 2003, offers free video chatting and calling. The site also offers additional services and features which come at a nominal fee. In just a few easy steps of creating an account you’ll be on your way to communicating with your sweetheart “face to face,” regardless of which time zone they’re in. Skype is certainly no secret to long distance lovers where many rely on the site for having everyday, intimate conversations. “The technology has created a wave of Skype Love, which means millions of romantic partners around the world can live in different cities, countries, and time zones and not actually be separated, as long as they have a computer with an Internet connection, a microphone, and a webcam,” according to The Walrus, a Canadian-based magazine.

Skype4beta_videochat_500Skype, featured as one of Time Magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2009, is a fantastic and personable alternative to popular, communication outlets. Not to mention having no long distance phone bills is an added plus. “To be able to see her, and for her to see me, is more satisfying than a telephone call, email, instant message, or letter; the silences are more comfortable, the flow of conversation more natural,” a Skype fan commented on in The Walrus.

Instead of sending a winky face, an “I love you!,” or “Miss you!” via text, seeing that special someone smile directly in front of you and hearing them tell you that they love you is surely much more meaningful. You get my vote Skype!

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