Now that almost everyone has to stay indoors, dating has changed in ways we didn’t expect or imagine. As we need to stay confined in our homes and apartments, the lock down has forced more singles to meet online, and for those dating and those already in a relationship to resort to having virtual dates. If you don’t go in for dating apps, a professional matchmaker in Chicago can help you find the right match, then it’s just a question of what to do during your date. Here are ways to make sure your virtual dates go smoothly.
- Get Dressed
Maintain your date decorum by dressing for the occasion. Even if the longest distance you’ll walk during your virtual date is from the couch to the refrigerator, wear good shoes and a sharp outfit. For the ladies, makeup can be optional, but the gentlemen can preen a bit by combing their hair and/or shaving their five o’ clock shadow. While it doesn’t have to be a black-tie affair, try to make the virtual date more special by not showing up in your in sweatpants and a t-shirt.
- Clean Up
This is more for the guys, really. Even if it’s still unfair that women are judged for being untidy while men aren’t, it would be a nice gesture if you washed the dishes and stashed them away, and did some dusting and vacuuming before you go on your virtual date. This is especially important if it’s your first “date” with a new person, so you owe it to yourself (and them) to make the effort to give a good first impression. After all, you got dressed so why stop there? Remember also that your date will likely give you a virtual tour of their private space, and will ask you to do the same. It may seem shallow, but your living area should be proof that you’re an adult that has their act together.
- Have a Plan
Even if you’re both hanging out together, avoid any awkward silences by having an “agenda” for your virtual date. You can initiate conversation about your interests, and talk about news, ideas, current events, but these can get boring and there’s the potential for things getting hot, and not in a good way. Mix up your virtual date by coming prepared with movies or shows to live-stream together. You can even make a game of your virtual date meal together by playing “dinner delivery roulette”. You exchange addresses, then have your favorite takeout meal sent to them, and they send their favorite takeout meal to you. With this creative game you can learn a lot about each other’s tastes in food, while supporting local businesses.
- Introduce Virtual Activities
Your virtual date has many possibilities. The technology that lets you communicate and connect can also link you to places and experiences like a virtual visit to a tropical reef, webcam safari in Africa, and more outdoor experiences. If you and your date prefer something cerebral, you can go on a virtual tour of museums like the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History or even the Louvre.
When you can’t go outside to have a “real” date, a virtual date can be just as fun and sometimes be even more creative. Use these tips to have memorable virtual dates so you can preserve the excitement and build anticipation for when you meet your date in real life.