Let’s face it; the coronavirus has wreaked all kinds of havoc on the world of online dating. It’s going to be some time before dating as we know it comes back to usual. By the way, dating might not return to as we knew it before the pandemic. The length of time it takes to get back to normal will be determined by how quickly a treatment or cure for the coronavirus is discovered. So, if you’re waiting for that to happen, you might end up being single for quite a while.
For now, we’ve all got to deal with meeting someone for the first time on video chat. Gone are the days where you could meet up for the first date at a restaurant or a park. It’s not as bad as you think, and there are some advantages to meeting someone for the first time online. The biggest advantage is, if you don’t hit it off, you’re not out any money. You’re only out a little bit of your time if you meet someone during a video chat, and they’re not your cup of tea.
Here are five tips anyone can use to make their first video date one to remember
5. Make sure that you look good for your online date
Just because you’re at home doesn’t give you the excuse to be a slob. Make sure that you’re wearing clean clothes and that you comb your hair. Your date will be understanding if you look a little shaggy during this time. There’s a difference between looking like a slob and not having a haircut recently.
4. Tidy up the room before the video date
No one is saying that you need to hire a cleaning crew to make your home spotless. Be aware of what the camera will pick up and make sure everything around you is clutter-free. Don’t fire up the live cam and have a ton of garbage piled up in the background.
3. Try to keep the conversation flowing
There is a sterile feeling about talking to someone using video chat. There’s no way around that. However, you can keep things going in the right direction by making an effort to making sure the conversation flows. How do you do that? You do it by asking questions. What you don’t want to do is to seem like someone interviewing for a television show. Have a few questions lined up in case things get a little silent.
2. Do a little flirting, but don’t go overboard
There’s nothing wrong with a little flirting. If you like what you see, then be upfront about it. Don’t pour it on too thick, or you’ll seem desperate. If the person has a cute smile, then tell them. By letting them know that you like what you see will warm them up and let them know that you’re receptive.
1. Make sure that you don’t come across as being too needy
These are difficult times, and there’s no denying that. You might be the loneliest person on your block, but you can’t come across like that. Don’t beg for another video date, no matter how well this one goes. Understandably, you feel as if you need someone right now to talk to since it’s almost impossible to get out there and enjoy life. Don’t come across as needy or beg for a second video date. It’s not only cheesy but makes you look hard up.
Above all else, enjoy the process
It sounds odd to say that you should enjoy the process of video dating. It is an enjoyable process if you do it right. Make no mistake about it; there is no other way of dating right now. If you don’t take advantage of the latest technology and go on video dates, you’ll hang out at home watching cat videos on social media.