We’re all over long distance relationships here at I Fucking Hate Housework. I like to think we’re setting a trend for the next cool thing, like nutella cronut breakfast bowls or cold pressed artisan cat food. So following on from our last post 4 Tech Tools For Your Long Distance Relationship, here’s another 5 that help to keep that long distance flame alive (nope, this still isn’t the post about vibrators and mail-order boyfriend pillows that we know you’ve been waiting for).
Just because you’re not physically together doesn’t mean you can’t Netflix and chill (maybe just not the chill part). Use a shared Netflix or iTunes account to watch movies together without any complicated screen sharing software or needing to buy the same movie twice. Just sync up when you both hit the play button, and enjoy your partner’s irritating commentary, just like if they were really there!
Pro Tip: Using headphones means you can Skype at the same time without your microphone picking up the sound of the movie.
Who doesn’t love sending and/or receiving a good selfie? Snapchat is a great way to easily send snippets of your banal daily life to your other half.
Also, studies show sexting may be good for your relationship (we needed a study to tell us that? Really?). So go forth and have some fun, because science!*
*We do not condone sending unsolicited dick pics. That probably won’t strengthen your relationship.
On it’s most boring and work-oriented level, Google Drive is a great tool for sharing files and planning documents. My boyfriend and I use it to plan our upcoming holidays in excruciating detail by editing documents together in realtime.
It can be used more creatively too – we’re also doing an advent calendar type thing with photos in numbered folders in the countdown to our next visit. The only downside is that there’s no option for password protection.
If you’re a gaming couple, then great, you’re probably already take part in the loving experience of decapitating virtual zombies together. For the rest of us, casual game apps like Words With Friends and Trivia Crack are good way to keep in touch without requiring a full blown conversation.
You could also try an online variation of the old classic, strip (insert any card game here). Unfortunately I can tell you from personal experience that it’s far less pervy via a laptop screen than IRL, but I’d still rate being mutually cold and underdressed as a bonding experience.
Cheap Airfare Alerts
Arguably one of the shittiest aspects of an LDR (particularly if you live in Australia, the forgotten backwater of flight connectivity) is the cost of flying to another country just to get some of that valuable face time with your significant other. Use IWantThatFlight, Skyscanner or Hitlist to scope out the cheapest flights. They also have an option to find the cheapest flights on any date if you have that flexibility. You can even sign up for alerts that will tell you when flights to your chosen destination go on sale.
Use the money you save to treat the two of you to an awesome date night and thank me later.