However, I have a couple of friends with whom the friendship deepened with distance; it's because we both put in the time and effort to keep up with one another, and to make sure we're including one another the best we can. Is it difficult? Yes. But I wouldn't have it any other way because these friendships mean the world to me and I could not imagine my life without these people in it.
It definitely takes a certain person to maintain a long-distance friendship: you have to enjoy e-mailing, texting, Skyping and/or talking on the phone. Some people I know dislike talking on the phone, so that may prove difficult for those who don't have other options. You also have to be okay with not knowing every detail of your friend's life, such that you're most likely not involved in the day to day things because that would be extremely time consuming and difficult to explain - for example, have you tried telling someone a story who wasn't there and she doesn't get it? It's one of those, "You had to have been there to understand!" type of stories that are challenging to share with someone who clearly wasn't there.
On the other hand, some of you enjoy long-distance friendships because when you do talk, you are able to re-connect and get caught up on each other's lives. And it can feel great to have those positive moments with a friend when your world is feeling a little upside down. It truly depends on the type of person you are and how you maintain your friendships, both around you and from afar.
What's been your experience with long-distance friendships? Have they been positive, negative or both?