A message wishing me a good morning. A cat video shared with me on Instagram. A shaky video of a pair of sneakers flying on a running track. A voice message that it is impossible to understand due to trucks vrooming in the background. A message apologizing for the loudness. A 2-hour Skype call while cooking dinner and doing laundry. A confused voice message telling me good night and good morning at the same time.
I have noticed that a long-distance relationship has made me quite tech-savvy. Even though some people might mistake me as a robot due to the number of chargers and wires I walk around with.
But you know what? I have happily embraced all these devices and apps because they actually help in having a sense of closeness in my relationship. It is amazing what you can achieve through different media outlets these days. I can communicate with my partner at any time of the day, whenever I feel like I want to share a moment with him. I can’t even imagine what long-distance relationships were like before the internet era. Snail mail? Maybe for special occasions. Expensive phone calls? No thank you.
We have come a long way, but I still fear that maybe I am a little bit of that aforementioned robot in my relationship. Why? Because there is no channel that allows me to truly express my emotions. Sure, I can (and do) use emojis and gifs and what-not, but they don’t really cut it, do they?
Being able to video chat is a step in the right direction because at least you can see each other. But ending the video call is the WORST! You just have to awkwardly smile and wave for goodbye. Or be like my boyfriend who tries to send kisses. But honestly, he mostly looks like a fish having a weird moment on dry land. So there we are, a weird fish and a waving idiot ending a Skype call. Oh, the intimacy.
I would say there is one crucial element missing in today’s digital communication. Can you guess what I am getting at?
You got it: being able to physically touch someone over the distance. How cool would that be?