But just because the romantic stakes aren't there in a friendship doesn't mean that these relationships don't also require work. After all, they're just as — if not even more — important. Where would you be without your squad?
Thankfully, due to modern technology (hello, Snapchat), staying in touch with friends in faraway places is becoming easier and easier. Despite what people might say about social media turning us all into zombies who ignore each other in favor of Instagram, it's undeniable that social networking has made it easier to keep up with people when you can't physically be near each other.
These days, friendship doesn't have to be defined by how often you get to see one another in person. And thank goodness, since coronavirus restrictions have meant that this year, many of us have spent more time than usual away from our friends. Being far away from each other doesn't mean you can't stay close; it just means you might have to put some effort into making sure you catch up.
Ahead, we talked to 15 people about all the fun, creative ways they've kept in touch with their long-distance pals. (You'll notice some people's best strategies overlap; some are at odds. Just goes to show there's no one perfect formula for staying in touch.)