10 Reasons Why Long Distance Friends Are Easier Than Face To Face Friends

I  have a few really good friends who don’t live around me. In the case of one friend, I’m the dumbass who moved across the country to Seattle. “Home” used to be Michigan. The only mountains they have in Michigan are the mountains of snow that are constantly being dumped on them. I’m not missing that crap, but I always miss that friend.

The other friends I have in far off (and mostly snowy) places, I’ve met mostly because of this blog. They are awesome people. In many ways those friendships are easier to maintain than the friendships with the person who lives down the street.

I’ve thought of 10 ways that people being hundreds or even thousands of miles away makes life easier, friendships thrive, and sometimes distance brings us closer together.

1. We can touch base easily. A quick text or instant message, a “did you see this?” or “how are things going?” We can talk often, even if it’s for short periods of time.

2. I can talk to long distance friends while I’m in my pajamas at 2 in the afternoon and they don’t judge me. Crazy local people judge you if you are in your jammies on a weekday afternoon. I understand that. Here’s a fair warning to friends who live nearby – if you stop by in the afternoon unannounced, I will probably be in my pajamas. I understand that you will probably judge me.

3. I can walk away while “talking” with them to go pee without waiting for a pause in the conversation. For face to face friends it’s extremely rude to walk out while someone else is talking, but sometimes you have to wait for a long time before there is a pause in the conversation. I know this because friends have almost peed their pants while sitting on my couch.

4. No house cleaning needs to be done before we chat. My house can look like a tornado went through it and they can’t see it. If they can’t see it, they can’t judge it. If they can’t judge it, I’m happy to sit and chat instead of sweeping up the weeks worth of dog hair on the floor.

5. If the conversation gets boring/awkward someone just quits talking for a while. This doesn’t work in real life. I’ve tried.

6. Long distance friends don’t find it rude if I check my email, check Facebook or send a text while talking with them. In person, you here the ding that signifies someone sent you an email. You know you want to check it. Was it important? This could be where a quick bathroom break is in order. Instant messenger doesn’t tell on you so check away.

7. Screaming kids in the background don’t bother them either. This is a big bonus. Talking with a parent on the phone is like talking to a person on drugs – no one knows what the hell is going on. Holding a conversation with your friends and kids at the same time is exhausting. Online, there is no issue.

8. No need for hair/make up to be done. Being invisible is nice!

9. Your kids don’t have to get along with their kids!!! Yea!  Ever have a mom friend that you get along with perfectly, but their kid somehow turns out to be Satan’s spawn and your kids can’t stand them? Yeah, that’s happened to me. More than once. One more win for long distance friends.

10. There’s not as much of a chance of me saying something stupid or completely inappropriate. There’s that slight delay between thinking something and actually having it typed out and pressing enter that sometimes is just enough time for me to say “What the hell? You can’t actually send that, dumbass.” In real life, it would already be out of my mouth. I’m a better person online for that.

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What do you think? Are long distance friends easier to keep up with than the face to face ones?

42 Thoughts on “10 Reasons Why Long Distance Friends Are Easier Than Face To Face Friends

  1. LMAO! Rhonda you are hysterical and I swear it is oh so true! I have a small handful of face to face friends that thankfully don’t judge me in my PJ’s or the pig pen that we live in…hell the hubby is a worse slob than the kids and my lovely lil miss has a pig pen all her own…it’s called a bedroom! But I absolutely love my online friends, we can chat even if it is by way of commenting on each others posts. I rarely worry about hair and make-up, my make-up really probably should go in the garbage since it is several years old! LOL! Oh and the shit that flies out of my mouth…at least I can read over before hitting enter! Love it! Have a great week!
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  2. Lol, I thought you would say you can take your long distance friend with you to pee, because it may or may not have happened today. No one will ever know ;). Great post.
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  3. I think all my friends are long distance…
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  4. All of these are so true! I love my friends who I can go months without seeing and sometimes even talking to but then it is always the same.
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  5. I so love this! I’ve peed with you plenty of times :) The weirder thing is, 2 of the n people who commented above live in my city but I’ve never met them in person. Online friends really are fabulous!
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  6. Hahaha. I don’t give a shit if my home looks like a tornado went through or I’m in my jammies sans makeup. If people can’t accept it, they ain’t welcome at my place! Just be glad I put on a freaking bra and brushed my teeth!
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  7. all very true!

    You are very funny, sister.
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  8. Rhonda, Skype me right now. I want to see what you’re wearing :P hehehehehe

  9. I can relate to many of these points. You wrote them well :) I enjoyed reading (especially the bit about it not mattering what we look like, whether the house is clean or whether or not we’re also checking email whilst chatting – AWESOME points in favour of the long-distance friendship)
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  10. All are really good points! I think that in general, technology has made it easier to maintain friendships with everyone, whether near or far. I tend to be shy and not a big phone person, so the online thing works really well for me. It’s interesting that we can feel just as close, if not closer, to our long-distance friends than to our local ones…
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  11. This was hysterical and so true! I love lists too and this one has to be one of my favourite and most honest posts! As much as technology has changed the way we interact with people, I still like the old fashioned “face to face”

  12. All really valid points. So true! My BFF lives about an hour away. Although I don’t see her as often as I’d like, I’m glad there is a little distance between us. Sometimes there is too much of a good thing.
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  13. I have thought all of these things myself! So glad someone got them blogged!
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  15. What a great list…and soooo true. I think I talk to my “blog” LD friends more often then my in the same city friends lately
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  16. There is a lot of truth in what you say, Rhonda! I had to sit on this for a bit before commenting because you made me think. One of my lifelong best friends and I talk almost daily. She was my childhood sweetheart. It’s super low-maintenance and we live a state apart. At the same time I would be devastated not being able to see my other two best friends, Tony and Chareese, like I do in person. They are my rocks and our talks are priceless. Good post :)
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  17. You nailed this! I have a ton of long distance friends, which leave me little time for actual face to face friends. I’m much better with making time for my online friends because of all of the reasons you listed, and I didn’t even realize it. Also, I’m much more awesome typing than talking. Found your blog from Kate @anothercleanslate.
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  18. ha these are all great reasons for long distance friends. so agree – i love just being able to text sometimes!
    – jackie – jade and oak
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  19. I’ve always said my best friends all live in the computer. Totally agree with all your points here.
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  20. Yes, I so agree! I have many long distance friends and it does seem easier in a lot of ways. It’s so easy to send a quick message on Facebook.
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  21. Great post! Long distance friends are perfect for lazy people like me!

    Ashley, Married to the Game
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