You become friends with the sexy co-worker and decide to carpool to work together. You're married, or engaged, or you're in a committed relationship. All those tingly feelings and the fantasies that perhaps a "perfect love" can really exist isn't destiny knocking -- they're caused by "love chemicals" in your brain.
You become "friends" with an ex on Facebook and reminisce about the past. You spend hours thinking about them and your heart races whenever you see a text from them. You tell yourself it's ok because you're not really cheating, you're just chatting. Biochemical research has shown that the effect of these love chemicals is twofold: they are released in response to your friend, and they bond you to him or her.
There's no way around this: Long-distance relationships can be difficult.
On top of the jealousy that can arise and the deep pains of missing someone you care about, living apart can make physical intimacy, well, impossible.
Your connection feels genuine and even life-sustaining.Lucky for us, the year is 2017, and the communication options for long-distance couples have come a long way from hand-written love letters (although that's still not a bad idea).Thanks to video chat applications like Skype, you can now see one another — which means that you can get sexy with your partner over Wi-Fi, even if it's going to be a long time until you can get busy in real life.Even so, many language learners have a hard time getting started.They hem and haw, afraid to embarrass themselves or make themselves vulnerable to strangers on the internet.