October 20, 2016
As tough as it may be to navigate friendships under ordinary circumstances, things become far more complex when one or both friends make a geographical move and the friendship needs to be nurtured long-distance.
Smarter Living is an ongoing series in the New York Times offering practical advice to help young adults understand the world and make the most of its opportunities and challenges. As part of this series reporter Bonnie Wertheim interviewed young adults about their long-distance friendships and found that there are many ways to cope with the challenges. Of course, technology can help bridge distances in many respects.
Ms. Wertheim also interviewed Dr. Levine. She writes:
Moving to a new city may be a logical step when the ink on your diploma dries. You may be following a job lead, taking the next step with your significant other or simply seeking adventure. But it’s unlikely that you’ll move for a friend.
“Friendship is viewed as discretionary,” said Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine and a friendship expert. “It takes a lesser priority in people’s minds than work or family.”
Even so, professional life and personal life are often intertwined. “Friendships make you a better worker, lover and partner,” Dr. Levine said.
Click here to read the New York Times article in its entirety.