Without the ability to reach out and touch your love interest, be intentional about sharing your feelings for him/her. And finally, Skype in the nude might sound appealing to some, be warned that your partner has the ability to capture a screen shot at any moment without you knowing it.
Skype dates have their own unique set of challenges and it’s important to address them early on.
Digital technology and smartphones in particular have transformed many aspects of our society, including how people seek out and establish romantic relationships.
Few Americans had online dating experience when Pew Research Center first polled on the activity in 2005, but today 15% of U. adults report they have used online dating sites or mobile dating apps.
Thanks to the magic of technology, couples in long-distance relationships can still have some quality face time. Let Skype provide visuals that phone calls and text messages can’t. You may trust him/her now, but if the relationship doesn’t last, those images might — and come back to haunt you.
Before you Skype your love interest, however, here are some things to know: 1. Before you Skype your significant other, make sure your Internet connection is great. Consider your busy lives — and respective time zones — before scheduling a Skype date.
Few things are more stressful than a Skype conversation that gets frozen and cut off over and over again. Some couples need to schedule a defined Skype-date window that has an end time, too, as chatting online can someone go on without end. Consider where you’re going to be when chatting over Skype. If you’re in a long-term, long-distance relationship, Skype is a way to introduce your partner to the things and people in your life that matter. Once scheduled, treat the online date with the same respect you would an in-person one and be ready to chat on time. A private location is often best, as your significant other might be self conscious about being seen and heard by strangers in a coffee shop. (Sipping a beverage is fine, but chewing on camera is rarely appealing.) Refrain from Googling witty responses. Give your date your undivided attention, as you would on a dinner date. (If you must chat in a public space, use the chatbox to reveal any personal details.) If you’re Skyping from home, make a little effort and clean up the place. Keep in mind that your date is equally as excited to see you as you are to see her. There’s always a chance your date will ask for a bit of a virtual tour of your space, so don’t just shove your dirty laundry barely out of view, either. Make sure you’re lit well so she can see your face — and so you look your best. If you’re hoping to avoid double chins and other awkward angles, keep the computer’s camera level with, or slightly above, your eye line. When you’re chatting, don’t stare at yourself on the screen. You’d dress up for an in-person date, so why not put a little effort into a Skype date? The best lighting setup is to have two light sources, one coming from behind your monitor, another coming from the side. You’ll look distracted and noncommittal to the conversation. You don’t need to wear a shirt and tie, but looking like you just rolled out of bed — in a sloppy way, not a sexy one — seems lazy and disrespectful. Wear color if you want to stand out from your backdrop.