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Why Long Distance?

Why Long Distance?

When you first hear the words “Long Distance” you may think of complicated relationships – endless phone calls, expensive visits, and miscommunication. What a daunting task “long distance” can be.

But what if we told you that “long distance” on Stitch means something different?

It means exciting travels, great conversation, and unexpected surprises.

long distanceOne of the most attractive features of Stitch is that you can find companions close to your location. But while we continue to gain more users and open up local browsing in other areas across the globe, we want all adults over 50 to have the opportunity to meet potential companions on our website today.

That’s why we created our Long-Distance Stitching feature which allows everyone to get Stitched with companions over 100 miles from their location.

But why would anyone want to find companions at a distance, you ask?

Yes, long-distance relationships and companionships are not always easy. Sometimes the distance can take away time and energy. But a little distance isn’t always such a bad thing. At least, that’s what plenty of Stitchers have told us.

Truth be told, Long-Distance Stitching is a more attractive idea than you may think. And we’ve got stories to prove it.

Take Joyce for example.

Joyce lives in Minnesota and has been looking for just the right companion for a long time. She met a few men here and there on other online dating websites, but never the right one. Feeling a bit discouraged, she thought she might try out the long-distance feature on Stitch. To Joyce’s surprise, she stitched with a man in Pennsylvania. Of course, Pennsylvania is a long way from California, but Susie visits her family often in Pittsburg and has a flexible work schedule. Needless to say, it seemed like fate.

long distanceRoger, a fellow Stitcher from Oregon, spends half the year at home and the other half in the Hamptons in New York. So finding a companion in New York was a very reasonable idea for Roger. After stitching at a distance, he was able to find a friend in the Hamptons who was just as passionate about art collecting and boating as he is. Since getting long-distance Stitched, Roger admits that his time spent in the Hamptons has been enhanced and he has made additional travel plans with his new companion.

And then there’s Betty.

Betty’s husband has early onset dementia, and his mind is slowly deteriorating. Like many adults, Betty just wants someone to talk to, someone to share ideas with. But not just any sort of jibber jabber. No, Betty wants intellectual conversation – someone to talk to about the latest political debate, cultural and world events, the arts. Since Betty is constantly taking care of her husband and going in and out of the house for doctors appointments, it’s much easier for her to spend time speaking over the phone.

142841644Frankly, distance doesn’t matter to Betty; she doesn’t mind making a long phone call to the right intellectually stimulating person on the other line, no matter where he or she may be. That’s why when she got Stitched with a former politician a few states away, she was more than satisfied. Now, Betty can spend time with her husband and also talk about current events and politics with her new Stitch companion.

These users are just a few examples of the countless success stories we have received since we opened up Long-Distance Stitching. We are confident we will continue to hear of many more stories from other Stitchers. Who knows, maybe you’ll be one of them!

 

*Note: We do not use the real names of our Stitchers for their privacy.

17 Comments

  1. Esther

    Hi, I’m a senior, a retired Nurse. It would be nice to have a friend to communicate with. I have many interest, mostly I am a nature lover.
    I am a Black American 5’3 wt.. 111lbs with white hair and proud of it. I. have family up the yang, yang, but lucky for me they are on the East Coast, and I’m on the West Coast.
    There was no mention if there is a cost for this service?

    1. Andrew Dowling

      Hi Esther,

      Well we hope we could help you with finding friends to communicate with … that’s what we built Stitch for! You can find pricing information if you click on the “Pricing” link at the top of the page or go to http://www.stitch.net/pricing. Stitch is free for its Basic plan, with a range of paid plans beyond that. If you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

      Thanks,
      Andrew.

  2. Greg Muller

    Hello all of you young website developers! What is your average age – 30-something? Things are different when you are 60-70-80. I am not thinking of now far I can go to connect! I’m thinking about crossing the street and not being hit by a cyclist or car. Not all of us are in perfect health. How about a realistic radius for distance that old people are willing to WALK, TAXI, or BUS!!! 2,5,8,10,15, 20 miles.

    1. Andrew Dowling

      Hi Greg,

      We’re not quite as young as you might expect (well I’m certainly not at least)! But we absolutely know that people want closer distances in their search criteria, and this is something we plan to be able to do once the Stitch community grows large enough. Right now we don’t have enough people in all suburbs to be able to guarantee there are other Stitch members within a 2 mile radius — although we’re working hard to get there!

      The good news, however, is that if you do live in an area where there are lots of other members then there are other ways to use Stitch to meet them. What works well for many of our communities is to post a suggested activity in your area. Members living nearby will respond and you’ll be able to connect with them around things you already like to do. And in the next week we hope to add a feature that will let you browse their profiles directly from the activity page, so you will be able to view profiles of anyone interested in activities near you and who is interested in the things you’d like to do. We’re trying to make the emphasis on finding things to do together, rather than just browsing other people’s profiles, as this is what is making the Stitch community become vibrant and active, and is what Stitch is all about. We know it’s very much a work in progress but we’re working hard to get there as quickly as we can! If you try posting an activity please let us know how you go!

      Cheers,
      Andrew.

  3. Kathleen

    This is the first time I have been able to get on this site, loading is very slow. Well my issue is there no one close to my location.

    1. Andrew Dowling

      Hi Kathleen,

      Sorry to hear that! I just looked in our database and it doesn’t seem you’ve registered yet, but if you’re having difficulties getting signed up please feel free to send us an email to support stitch net and we’d be happy to help you out. If you’re in a new Stitch area there won’t be many people in your area yet, but the word is getting out so we’ll get there soon!

      Regards,
      Andrew Dowling
      Founder & CEO

  4. Catherine

    Hi is anyone on stitch in the UK

    1. Andrew Dowling

      Hi Catherine,

      We don’t currently have many members in the UK but we are seeing a growing number of UK signups, including UK events and activities. It’s also worth remembering that Stitch will let you take part in travel opportunities with other Stitch members too so you don’t just need to meet people locally. Why not try signing up and you’ll be able to at least see the events and activities happening in your area and give you opportunities to meet new companions?

      Regards,
      Andrew.

  5. wanda

    Are there any members in South Carolina?

    1. Andrew Dowling

      Hi Wanda,

      We’re only opened up signups across the US last month and I’m pleased to say we’re starting to see signups in South Carolina — in Columbia, Charleston, and a few other towns too. We’re the first to admit it’s only a small number at this stage, but that’s how all Stitch communities start up, and once a few people start suggesting activities they would like to do, you’ll start to see responses from other people in your area. We’d recommend you stay on the free plan to start out with, and that will let you meet other Stitch members at events and activities as the community near you starts to grow. It might take us a little while but we’re going to get there!

      Regards,
      Andrew.

  6. Marianne

    I too am new to the site,and from Ontario , Canada.. There are few people from my area as yet, but I am close to Michigan and Ohio, and the state of New York, do I am hopeful I can make some great travelling friends and or a travelling companion..happy stitching everyone

  7. Lizzie

    Hi I live in Sydney Australia and recently joined Stitch. It’s been interesting for me as I have noticed an enormous amount of Stitch events popping up which is very good. I feel safe in the environment. I was Stitched pretty much right away with a gentleman in the USA we got talking and our relationship has developed. I was a little nervous about the distance and if it was worth persuing and I contacted the Stitch office to verify my contact and the support was fantastic. Thank you Michael. With one hurdle and then another the contact and development of the relationship is now very open and steady. We both travel and have common interests and hope to meet up soon and have a date to take in some sight seeing and concerts. Lizzie

  8. Sharon

    Are there any members in Costa Rica?

    1. Marcie Rogo

      Hi Sharon, yes we do! Rita, who wrote a guest Stitch blog, lives there as well as a handful of other Stitchers. We’d definitely like to grow our community near you.

  9. Dina

    Hi my name Dina and I am from Bristol UK and am interested in companionship / romance if it develops .

  10. JuneBug

    I am not sure about this but I am going to leave a comment and see what comes of it. I lost my husband 9 and a half years ago to suicide. I have adjusted to a life of being alone and I have become this person who never socializes. I do not know why I haven’t been able to, but I do get lonely. I just haven’t had the want or desire to put myself out there and meet anyone to be honest. How does that even go now days? I have been alone for so long, I am petrified of putting myself out there and I am only 43 years old. I do get lonely. I have tried in the past to meet people and it was just very uncomfortable for me. Men now days only want a sexual companion. “not saying all men are this way” I want/need more than that. I thought to myself “Just leave a comment and put yourself out there just once” and see what comes of it. Maybe nothing at all, and maybe someone wonderful. So here I am, leaving a comment. I am not sure about this but I am sure about what I want/need in my life. And being alone another 9 years is not what I want nor need. Would love to have someone again who I can share my life, moments, experiences with. I just don’t know where to even begin.? What is all expected in the process of meeting someone new? Now days everything is so fast paced. And I am so not fast paced! I know I am rambling on, my apologies. I don’t know how I even got here to this site let alone leaving a comment about something so personal “my life”. Best of luck to everyone. 🙂

    1. F Evans

      Hello JuneBug,

      I stumbled upon this page just like you and had to reply when I saw your message. I hope you don’t mind!

      Firstly, may I just say how very sorry I am to hear about your husband’s passing in such a tragic way. There are no words anyone could say to lessen your burden but I do hope you are being kind to yourself.

      When it comes to getting back to living your life, I believe baby steps always works best. Just like this message, you put it out there and although it took a little time, someone heard you and is reaching back. Rather than focus on finding someone to share your life with, perhaps just being yourself in safe and comfortable surroundings would serve you best. Before you know it, your confidence levels will shine through, ultimately inviting new and exciting people into your life again. You never know, that special person just might be there waiting for you to find them….

      Never give up and I do hope you keep shining.
      Baby Steps!
      Fi x .

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