Dating during social distancing can be tough! Don’t you think? These 10 most popular virtual date ideas during quarantine will help you have fun together as a couple, even though you are far away from each other. You can still have a lot of fun and create memories.
As a wonderful keepsake of your budding romance, create an online photo album for your new cyber-mate. Include digital photos of favorite outdoor scenes, pets, flowers, cars, silly moments, your computer corner or laptop, etc. Then you’ll even have more to discuss during online dates via emails and chat rooms. Search for “photo albums” to find places that store your photos.
2) Greeting Cards
Regardless of where the person lives, you can mail a greeting card. If privacy and security is an issue, check into renting an inexpensive P.O. Box (check the Yellow Pages). You do not have to be an artist to make something homemade and special for the new friend in your life. Even making a special, personalized greeting card would be appreciated and show your date that you care enough to take the time needed to make something by hand. Search your favorite search engine for online greeting cards to send, too. They range from free to low cost and can be sent in a click.
3) Sharing Recipes
People get tired talking about the weather. So a popular subject to turn to is food. Sharing favorite foods and recipes helps break the ice and even forms friendships over culinary skills – or lack of – and tastes. Search your favorite search engine for “free recipes” to share. Take photos of your culinary creations and share them with your date, too.
4) Bidding at Auctions
Ebay auctions sell nearly anything and everything! So surf around and enter searches like the dates you were in middle school. Share cool memorabilia photos of old games and toys from when you were a child or when your parents or grandparents were little; The Dating Game, Oscar Mayer wiener whistles, The Partridge Family Album, Bobby Sherman’s Album, 45’s and more.
5) Have a double date.
Invite another long-distance couple to a four-person video chat. Have some pasta together. How were their days? How are they coping with the separation? Do they have any gossip?
6) Have an arts-and-crafts contest.
Who can make the best craft based on the items they have in their apartment or recycling bin? This will be quite a challenge. Maybe you can make a popsicle-stick giraffe or a can-of-beans man.
7) Read a play together
. Assign each other roles, and read a play aloud that neither of you has ever read before. It will be like you’re going out for a night at the theater, except you’re the star! (And you’re on FaceTime.)
8) TikTok dance-off
These are anxious times, and we all need some comic relief, even at our own expense. Challenge your match to a TikTok dance-off. Decide which viral dance you’ll both learn, then reconvene in a video chat to show off… well, either your skills, or your willingness to self-deprecate.
9) Make playlists
Think of this as the 2020 version of making your teenage crush a mixtape or burning them a CD. Create a playlist on Spotify and share it with your match; ask them to reciprocate. You’ll learn about their favourite genres, artists, and songs as well as keeping your at-home-workout playlist fresh.
10) Binge – watch the same tv show
It’s Netflix and chill, but from afar. First, download Netflix Party, a new Chrome extension that allows two parties to synchronize their Netflix accounts to watch something simultaneously. Pick a show neither of you have seen nor watch each episode so you can send text commentary in real time. Then afterward, decide whether you collectively think Carole Baskin really did feed her husband to the tigers.
So add some helpful real-world tips that do work (a lot of the time anyway) into your online dating equations. And come up on the positive side of romance – and enjoy more lemonade!
Online dating can be an educational and fun experience. So learn more about each other and have fun while you’re at it. Take a cyber-stroll down memory lane together and see what’s cooking’. So get online and get active! No need to risk meeting in person until you get more familiar with each other online first. So take the online plunge!