Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual dating has been on the rise. With the fear of infection taking over the usual fear of rejection, many have found it easier to stay safe indoors. This makes health experts happy, as virtual dating has been deemed the safest way to engage with one another. Also, virtual dates are typically much kinder on the wallet and there is no struggle to decide who will pay. It’s a win-win.
In normal conditions, whatever that means, a first date is face-to-face. However, 2020 showed us that there are alternatives to this. A great thing about virtual dating is that it provides more time to get to know someone behind the limits of a screen and become less stressed out about what to wear in the comfort of their own home. Amazingly enough, it allows more people to be open and honest about who they are and what they are looking for in a partner.
According to Web MD, because we are looking for someone who is taking the necessary precautions to stay safe, “many say they won’t go on a second date if their potential romantic partner: refuses to wear a mask (57%); disobeyed stay-at-home orders/social distancing guidelines (55%); or is unwilling to date virtually (21%).” In retrospect, virtual dating has made it easier to set boundaries and make the right decisions before wasting any time with someone that isn’t on the same wavelength as you.
So what can you do to make your virtual dates exciting? I’m glad you asked.
Virtual Date Ideas
In terms of how to connect, there are several video chat platforms that work well. Towards the beginning of the COVID pandemic in March of 2020, the social network platform Houseparty was perfect for dates. Since then, Houseparty has shifted gears and is no longer an option. However, there are great alternatives.
1. Virtual Sip and Draw
Using anything from coloring pencils to paint, you and your date can allow your creative side to roam free during your virtual sip and draw. This can be anything from their favorite place to visit or a random image you find on Google. No one has to be the best artist, especially with a nice glass of wine to accompany you. It’s all about getting to know one another and how far you will go to be vulnerable with your date. Hopefully, your drawings are better than mine.
2. Netflix and View
Just like the motto of Netflix and Chill, you and your date can pick any movie of your choosing. Only this time, on Netflix Party! This feature allows text chat, but you can opt for talking on the phone or any other platform that will allow you to watch the movie and connect with your date at the same time. Don’t be afraid to let your hair down, put on your comfy clothes, and pop a little popcorn. No judgment here, only fun.
3. Game Night
There are video platforms that allow you to play virtual games with each other, such as Bunch or Tiya. Or, if you’re all about old school, a game of Charades or Pictionary can be fun as well over a video call. Whatever feels right for you and your date, is always the best.
4. Classic Virtual Dinner
Similar to game night, your virtual dinner date is entirely up to you. This means that you can either order food from the same restaurant or eat whatever you have stashed away in the fridge. If you want to spice it up a little, you can even create a meal together using the same recipe, cooking at the same time with the same kind of conversation you would have at a restaurant or bar. However, if you don’t know how to cook, don’t try to poison yourself. I’m sure your date will understand.
Whatever you choose, try to go with the flow. Although technology can make dates easier, it poses its own set of challenges, such as connectivity issues or miscommunication. Remember, it can only go up from there!