One of the FAQs on the Quarantine Together dating website asks, “Will my date be hot? How hot exactly?” Cheekily -- and wisely -- the answer is, “No. They’ll be ~ 98.6 degrees fahrenheit.”
The app launched in the early days of the COVID-19 shutdown and connects singles while reinforcing healthy quarantine habits. Each evening, the app sends you a text message, asking if you’ve washed your hands and maintained social distance that day. If you have, they’ll match you with another user via text message. And if you get along, the app then connects you via video chat. From there, you’re on your own.
If you think this sounds cute, you’re not alone. The app has become so popular that you’ll have to get on a waitlist just to sign up.
But this is not the only dating app connecting singles through video during a socially distanced time. Prior to the pandemic, a measly 6% of Match Group users (including those on Tinder, Match.com, OkCupid, and more) had used video chatting with a potential partner. But a recent survey from Match showed that number soared to 69% of users in the U.S. who were now open to video chatting.
Once you’ve connected on a video date, the connection you make through eye contact can make or break the chance for a second date.
You wouldn’t sit across a restaurant table and stare at your date’s shoulder or your own hands the whole evening. The same applies to video chat dating.
This is trickier than it sounds, because when you are looking at your date’s face on your screen, they’re seeing you looking slightly askew. On your phone, just as on your laptop, the camera is most likely in the very top center of your screen.
Place a helpful visual cue there, like the Eyelinez sticker, to remind you to occasionally look directly into the lens.
Video chat dating is likely here to stay, even once life returns to normal. And you can get as creative with your video dates as in “real life.” Cook a meal together, chat over drinks, take your dogs to the dog park together but apart.
Just don’t forget the two cardinal rules of a successful date -- be yourself, and look your date in the eye.