Long Distance Relationships for Teens

Sophia Gillespie

With phones and computers being something that almost every teen has, it is easy for them to connect to people from all around the world and make friends. Those friendships can even turn into relationships over the course of a few months. It is true that most teenagers around 14-16 don’t have relationships, but there are some cases. It can be difficult depending on where they live or how strict their parents are to keep the relationship alive.

One of the hardest things is the time difference. My long distance boyfriend is 16 hours ahead of us, and we can barely talk unless one of us decides to stay up late. This isn’t good if we have school the next day or if neither person has something to do, because it takes up a lot of the time that could be used for texting. On a normal day, he would wake up at 6 or 7 in the morning, which is about 2 p.m. for us. Most days, this is in the middle of school, so I can’t even text him back. When I get out of school it’s only 30 minutes until he goes to school himself. It’s very difficult, but we make it work. 

Another thing that could make the relationship harder than one where you can see them every day is that you can’t spend time with them. We can’t go to the mall or the park because he is 9000 miles away. Another thing that might not count for everyone is not being able to hug or hold their hand. When I’ve had a stressful day, it helps with talking to him, but a hug is all I need. It’s annoying that you can’t be there for them when they need you the most. 

Long distance relationships can be hard for teens, but if you make it work it can be one of the best relationships that you have ever had. With long distance relationships, you need to be careful, because you never really know who you could be talking to online. Stay safe with your internet friends and make sure not to give out any private information to them.