The tagline for Skype is “doing things together, whenever you’re apart.” Sounds like a great concept when it comes to paying a visit to your grandma in Minnesota (without hopping on a plane) or setting up a face-to-face meeting with that business client in Amsterdam (again, without taking to the skies).
But what happens when you’d like to plan a Skype date with that new gal in your life?
There are a few things to think about before getting into the nitty-gritty. Have you met this lady in person, or is she a potential mate you met through an online dating site?
If you answer “yes” to question number two, then you need to treat a Skype date like a real date. Ambiance is key, as is setting the mood and making her feel at ease.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up a Skype date with a woman you just met online:
1. Make sure the day and time are clear.
Take into account different time zones, and confirm and then confirm again that she knows the date is, say, Tuesday at 7 p.m.
2. Set specifications.
If you’re planning dinner and a movie, then tell her to order Chinese takeout and rent a specific cheesy kung-fu film. That way the two of you will be doing the same thing at the same time and it will create conversation.
3. Take it a step further.
If you happen to know your new gal’s home address (don’t ask for it if she hasn’t offered), then take the Skype date a step further and have the food and movie delivered directly to her home.
Go completely above and beyond and include candles and a nice bottle of wine.
If you’re planning a Skype date, then treat it like a real, in-person date. Don’t think you can get away with sweatpants and a frozen pizza just because she can’t see your filthy bachelor pad.
Make the evening special just as if you brought her to a nice restaurant or to see a play.