How Often Should You Talk To Your Partner During Office Hours?

What's normal and what's unhealthy?
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I don't know about you, but on the rare instance that I'm in a relationship, I enjoy waking up to a "good morning" text or a comforting message before I start my day. It's like a warm, virtual hug. 

For many, however, it doesn't stop there. Some need that conversation to go on until they naturally get busy or until they see their significant other. 

But does it ever become unhealthy? 

Texting is one of the greatest gifts of technology—and when you and your partner have similar texting styles, it's pure bliss. According to relationship expert April Masini, "Every person and every couple is different, so figure out what works best for you. You want to connect because you feel affectionate, supportive, and companionable. You also want to be respectful of your partners time and space as well."

The less than perfect scenario, though, is when you don't have the same texting preferences, and your professions are extremely different. This can make communication difficult, which may turn into a point of contention for some couples. Masini advises, "If one of you is an emergency room physician or surgeon, and the other is a firefighter, you''re going to have periods of time where you just can't be in touch, and these periods can be long."

Both you and your partner should take that into consideration when someone "disappears" during office hours. Another tip is if you know you're going to be busy that day, you can set expectations by saying so when you first connect in the morning. Masini also believes in the merit of making office hours a "fight-free" zone, so neither one of you is tempted to start any d-r-a-m-a while you're both at work. 

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At the end of the day, you know your partner better than most, and thanks to technology, communication is easier than ever. Keep at it. 

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