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7 Clear Long Distance Relationship Break Up Signs to Notice

Lisa McKay | Updated: October 10, 2023

Unpopular opinion: Long distance relationship break up signs are harder to spot, not easier.

When you meet online you get to know each other quite quickly and on quite a deep level. However, it can take more time to figure out other things, like whether there’s chemistry and how you interact in person.

But, when things feel like they’re not working out or you get those warning bells. You can delay breaking things off because you’re trying to figure out if it’s just distance that’s the issue.

To help, we’re going to dive into the most common signs that are good predictors of the health of your long distance relationship and how to navigate them.

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Signs Your Long Distance Relationship is Ending

1.  You find yourself feeling suspicious all the time

Where are they?
What are they doing?
Who are they out with?
Why haven’t they texted me back?
Are they cheating?
Do they really love me?
Are they as “into” this relationship as I am?
Are they thinking about breaking it off?

Everyone in a long distance relationship has thoughts like these now and again. But when you find yourself fretting and feeling anxious when they are out of contact or offline for any length of time, you have a problem.

And when you find yourself constantly wanting to check up on them, needing them to pick up whenever you call, or always text you back straight away, you definitely have a problem.

Being constantly in touch does not guarantee things are working between you. In fact, checking up on each other every hour can be more like stalking your partner rather than caring for them.

You can’t blame the distance for this dynamic.

It’s usually not the distance that makes you want to stay in touch all the time. It’s usually a lack of trust and your own personal insecurities. Without a baseline level of trust and ease in a relationship, it often means the expiration date is near.

Struggling with this? Check out: Subtle Signs Your Long Distance Partner May Be Cheating On You.

2.  You Don’t Make Plans Anymore

When’s the next time you’ll see each other? Where? What are you really looking forward to doing when you’re next together? What’s a big adventure you’d like to take together? Have you started to talk about whether and how you might close the gap?

As long as you are dreaming and scheming together, it matters less if you aren’t sleeping in the same bed because you’re still actively focused on and working towards seeing each other, having new experiences, and a shared future.

It may not be time to talk about closing the gap yet, but if you’re not planning and talking about your next visit, something’s wrong. Your long distance relationship is sinking if you’re not working together to make plans to see each other, and you don’t even know when will be the next time you’ll get to hug them. And things are especially bad when you just don’t feel that excited by the thought of being with the person you used to wish you were with all the time.

If you find yourself in this situation and things stay this way for more than a week or two, then alarm bells should be going off. And, honestly, it’s probably time to hit the STOP button since the feelings you had for each other are unlikely to wake up again.

Struggling with this? Check out: How to Make a Long Distance Relationship Bucket List

3.  There Are No More Romantic Surprises

When is the last time you received or sent those lovely open-when letters sprinkled with their favorite perfume, or cute happy snaps of two of you having fun together?

What did you get them on their birthday, at Christmas, or for Valentine’s Day (no matter how much they may have protested that they weren’t really “into” Valentine’s Day. When was the last real “just because” sweet surprise?

Let’s face it, Skype and FaceTime sessions are never enough. They are the flour, salt, and eggs in the cake, sure. But every cake needs some sugar, too.

A little bit of icing goes a long way, as well.

Just remember: Doing something extraordinary isn’t necessary to keep the spark alive in a long distance relationship. Sometimes, small gestures (like simply sending an “I Love You” text every now and then and cute pictures that your partner loves) can reignite passion and affection, too. But if it seems all of those ‘small sweet gestures’ are gone, this might indicate your affection for them is too.

Struggling with this? Check out: Long Distance Sex Tips & Ideas to Spice Things Up From Afar.

4.  You No Longer Feel Supported

Do you feel like you’re the one putting in all the effort? Do things feel like a one-way street? Have they felt like that for a while?

If your long distance relationship is going to last, you need to be a team. Both of you fight the difficulties together. When one of you stops fighting to make it work, the relationship will stop working too.

When your partner starts doing all the talking, about themselves. Or they don’t ask you many questions, or ever really seem interested in how you are. Or they expect you to be the one that always makes the effort to come visit or reorganize schedules to talk.

There are all signals that your partner is not even trying to understand you. That they’re not really there for you. If there’s not some decent give and take, the relationship isn’t doomed to end necessarily (‘cuz they’re getting what they want) but it’s not a healthy or good relationship for you to be in.

5.  All Your Thoughts Become Negative

Do you feel generally happy and secure about your relationship most of the time? Or do you find yourself drowning in pessimism, insecurity, sadness, and other negative thoughts?

If you find yourself starting to overthink every situation of your relationship or swirling in insecurity, it can be a sign that the relationship isn’t working. Everyone has a bad day or two now and again, but if you find yourself having these sorts of thoughts all the time, your LDR is in serious trouble:

Struggling with this? Check out Try These Tips When You Feel Scared And Insecure In Your Relationship.

6.  The Intimacy In Your Relationship Is Gone

Intimacy is an important part of any relationship. Whatever the “normal” level of intimacy is in your relationship, there’s a problem if that intimacy disappears.

For example, if you’re used to talking every second day for about an hour or so, and they suddenly want to only chat once a week…. Something’s up.

Or if sexual intimacy is part of your relationship and  you suddenly stop engaging in phone sex without making a clear decision about it, this suggests a lack of chemistry and passion between both of you.

Or if there is less and less intimacy with each visit, you can be pretty sure that your relationship is about to hit a dead end.

Struggling with this? Check out: Pro Tips For Staying Well Connected In A Long Distance Relationship.

7.  Your Communication Becomes Boring

Everyone in a long distance relationship goes through dry spells sometimes where talking feels harder and you feel like you’re struggling to connect well over the phone.

But if you’ve stopped having those longer and in-depth conversations or you start making excuses about how you can’t find time to talk, it can be a sign that you are slowly giving up.

Struggling with this? Check out: Things to try when you run out of things to talk about.

Should You Break Up With Your Long Distance Partner?

Only you can answer this question…

We hope that these long distance break up signs have helped you determine if it’s time to end it, or figure out how to fix it and move forward.

If you want further guidance, we recommend joining our free LDR Support Group where you can talk directly with other long distance couples that have had to navigate similar issues in their relationships. The best part, most of them made it to the other side!

Lisa McKay author image for bio
Lisa McKay is an award-winning author and psychologist. She is also the founder of Modern Love Long Distance, now a part of Lasting The Distance. Drawing upon her own extensive experience with long distance relationships, Lisa helps couples navigate LDR pitfalls and forge meaningful, enduring connections across the miles.
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