Have you ever went out and mingled for a few and ran into to someone who was "oh so fine"? And the story goes: You all talked for a few, have a lot of things in common and come to find out, they don't even live in the city where you guys met.
I think people devalue the whole distance thing because of their own insecurities. Everyone has their comfort spot and anything over 200 miles may make them uncomfortable.
I mean think about it, you go out every weekend and don't meet anyone of quality and finally you did that night.
Me personally, every time I meet someone who is "on-point" my first comment is "You must not be from around here" (no shade to the local men but I was judging based off of my experiences).
So off the top, I immediately adjust myself (meaning drawing back; not indulging) because I wasn't sure if the whole distant-dating thing was something I was interested in.
With that being said, I do know of a lot of successful marriages that started off with some distance. Do you know that the word long (adj) means: "measuring a great distance from end to end." Lets be real, you can be in the same city with someone and it can feel "long-distance". Distant (adj) means: "not near at hand." For me its all about wording because how you word something shapes your views on the situation. Both parties need to be in a situation where they can afford to travel to and from and also have the time to do so.
So I know its possible but it still was never my thing. If I am going to date someone in a different city I wouldn't want to refer to it as "long" anything. Lets be honest, if you aren't in a position to travel or don't have the time to do so then this will eventually get tough.
Spending quality time is still a very important thing when dating.
Getting to see that person in different scenarios is key to the future in that relationship.
If you have a busy schedule and don't even have time as it is now, then unless something changes, you won't have time for this relationship either. Each person needs to be self-sufficient in terms of coping without human interaction.