Does Skyping Count as a Date?

Kara Pound

Written by: Kara Pound

Kara Pound

Kara Pound is an award-winning journalist based in St. Augustine, Florida. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Flagler College. Her work has been published in INKED, Natural Awakenings, Design Aglow, Memphis Flyer, Jacksonville Magazine, E/Environmental Magazine, and dozens more. Check out some of Kara's work at

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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What a great question for dating in the 21st century. I remember watching futuristic movies like “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall” and “The Fifth Element” and thinking that video phone calls would never happen (or at least wouldn’t be accessible) in my lifetime.

At age 31, I use Skype and iChat regularly for work interviews and to keep in touch with friends and family. But dating via video phone is another story.

Can two people spend time together via the Internet and it be considered a date? Sure, why not? But it has to be under the right circumstances, of course.

If you want a successful Skype date, then you need to prepare for it. Schedule a time with your girl to meet online and pick a theme. Say you choose eating Chinese food and playing War or another simple, interactive card game. This will give you instant conversation (i.e. “I ordered lo mein, what did you get?”), and you can even lean in to kiss the screen or “lie in bed together.”

Just make sure you and your girl come up with some creative ways to date via video phone, and although it will be awkward at first, try to take it seriously like a real, in-person date.

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