Amidst the global pandemic, everyone is stuck inside their homes. Since going out for dinner or lunch for a date is not an option anymore, more and more people are turning towards virtual dating. When thinking of a virtual date, people think of awkward silences and connection problems that will hinder them from having a good time.
A virtual date seems daunting at first, and it’s understandable to feel a little apprehensive. However, with the right mindset and a little creativity on your end, it can be pretty fun! Here are 5 things you can try on your virtual date to spice it up.
1. Set up your camera beforehand
To get started with your date preparation, you should set up your camera a few hours before your date. Check if it is properly working so that there aren’t any glitches that might kill the mood on your actual date.
Ensure your camera is set up at a flattering angle, and if you’re feeling up to it, you can even experiment with lights and try out mature cams. Choose a place to sit where you won’t be disturbed so that you can give your date all your attention.
2. Dress up accordingly
An online date gives you a lot of room to be lazy, and it is tempting just to wear your pajamas. However, if you want to have a good time, you should dress as if you’re going on an in-person date. Not only will it show the other party your interest and enthusiasm, but it will also make you feel more confident.
3. Choose an activity
A virtual date with a stranger over the internet can get a little boring. Instead of a straight-forward meeting, it would be better if you planned your date around an activity. Playing a game or watching a movie together can help break the ice. If you choose to watch a movie, make sure that both of you have seen it already so that you can chat without disrupting the flow.
4. Prepare a few icebreakers
Dates can be pretty awkward. If you want to have a good time, make sure to prepare a few icebreakers and conversation starters so that your date doesn’t become awkward. Ask questions and show interest in their answers.
Body language and cues go a long way to convey your interest. Be prepared to laugh off some interruptions and try your best to enjoy your date.
5. Eat together
Going to a restaurant or café is not an option right now, but that does not mean that you can’t have a meal together. You can text the other person and set up a date where you can simulate an in-person date.
Eating “together” will provide that typical date vibe. And if you decide to watch a movie afterward? It will be the perfect virtual date.
Bottom Line — Be YOURSELF
Apart from all of the listed tips, you can try other things to ensure a great ending to your date. You must maintain the “first date” mindset. Be authentic with the other person, contribute to the conversation so that it doesn’t lag, and be prepared for some disruptions. It can get a little awkward but try to have a good time. Perhaps even give your date a flying goodbye kiss at the end!