BA (Hons) Media and Communication
Redefining long-distance relationships in the age of COVID-19: Intimacy, technology, and stigma
Restrictions to travel and social contact during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused physical separation in many romantic relationships. For those in long-distance relationships (LDRs) these circumstances have created new barriers, but also raised awareness that relationships can take many forms. This research examines the kinds of intimacy, uses of technology and cultural stigmatisation that define LDRs in the current moment.
Romantic relationships are a normal part of life. This study pays particular attention to long-distance relationships, known as LDRs. Today, this type of relationship is very common due to people working remotely, students studying in other countries, and people forming connections online rather than in person. During this global pandemic, long-distance relationships have been seriously impacted, along with those experiencing some form of a long-distance relationship. As such, this dissertation topic is very relevant and seeks to analyse the contents of a long-distance relationship before and during the pandemic, to redefine these relationships academically. To achieve this, I offer an insightful first-hand experience of being in a long-distance relationship with interviews from other long-distance couples, in addition to a wide selection of existing literature and media-related material. Throughout the study and to conclude, I interrogate and redefine long-distance relationships through the three categories of intimacy, technology, and stigma, in order for long-distance relationships today to be understood in a new way.