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by Rebecca Cooper-Traynor

The Truth About Video Dating

These days, we’re working from home, having meetings online, and doing as many things as possible in the virtual realm. But what about dating? Is it possible to date virtually?

The great thing about technology is that we have all the tools we need at our fingertips to make those connections without having to share the same physical space. Video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, and even FaceTime are today’s go-to solutions when connecting in person is not possible.

But what about dating? Is it even possible to video-date? Won’t it seem weird?

Sure, it might seem weird at first. But after just a few minutes, it will seem like you two are in the same room. Just consider that people have been doing this for as long as there have been ways to do it. Long-distance relationships, couples who travel a lot, and all kinds of cross-border friendships have thrived because of video chat technology, so it stands to reason that it might work for you too!

Video Dating: What You Need to Know
People are doing a lot of video dating right now, and they are doing it to ensure they are safe. Since the trend began, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. You save time and money—there’s no in-person dinner dates, drinks, or movies to splurge on—plus, it’s really easy to get started!

Here are a few handy tips to help you get started.

Video Dating Primer

1.      Pick Your Platform.

First things first, you’ll need some video apps on your device. Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, FaceTime, and What’s App are just a few of the choices. You don’t have to choose only one, either – try a few out to see which ones work best for you.

You will want to get to know the app, feel comfortable turning it on and off, learn how to sign on, and make sure the microphone and camera are connected and working. Most video chat apps are available for both desktop and mobile devices, so you’ve got a lot of flexibility.

2.      Choose Your Setting.

Take a good look around your home to see what might make the best background for video dating. If you don’t have any interesting spots in your home or apartment, many allow you to download cool virtual backgrounds or use your own images or videos. That way, you don’t need to worry about the current state of your housekeeping – and you can have a little fun in the process. Just make sure the background isn’t too distracting or busy. Try a couple of test shots to make sure it looks right!

3.      Practice With People You Trust

If you’ve never used video conferencing before, it’s always best to get some practice first. Chat up your family and friends to get comfortable with all the app’s features before you go on your first video date.

4.      Get Ready for Your Date!

Treat your video date like an in-person meetup. Even though you won’t be in the same room, you’ll still want to make an effort with your appearance. Have a few possible outfits planned so you don’t need to scramble at the last minute.

5.      Prepare Some Conversation Starters

Have your date conversation ideas ready, and if you need a cheat sheet (we highly recommend this),keep your inspiration on a piece of paper beside your device to help you stay on topic. Your date will never know because your notes are off-camera!

6.      Clear Your Calendar

Have timeslots blocked off in your weekly schedule, so you’ll know when you are available for video dates. If you want a partner, you need to make time – so don’t make yourself seem unavailable. Be present, be available, be accountable, and enjoy the experience. It might be a little different than you’re used to, but it’s an adventure, nonetheless!

Now that you’re armed with a few tips and ideas, we hope the concept of video dating doesn’t leave you scratching your head. It can be an enriching experience, and it’s an excellent way to get to know a potential partner without putting yourself at risk.

Happy video dating!

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