Dating via the internet

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Patience is not one of my strong points. I miss my boyfriend so damn much. It’s ridiculous. Part of me wants to just visit him for a weekend to rejuvenate myself. But, you know what’s almost as good? A Skype date. It’s cheaper and quicker.

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Skype, a dating tool for the new millennium.

When you’re a thousand and a half miles away from the love of your life, you will take whatever interaction you can get.  Because up and quitting your job while you still need to bulk up your savings isn’t prudent.

We just had a Skype date and I feel like my anxiety has subsided. Serenity has returned to my brain.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m still eager to being this new part of my life. I can’t wait to go on more adventures with Paul. There are more Snoopys to find. I finally get to go to a real state fair. Sorry, California, but our state fair isn’t really a great state fair like the song says. It’s just an OK state fair.

What do we do on a Skype date? Pretty much what we do on a regular date, except there’s no hand holding or good night kiss. It can be a little awkward at first, but aren’t all dates like that? Plus, I have to make sure I don’t start acting like a distracted 3 year old. When I see the mini image of my camera feed, I try to sit up straight, fix my hair, adjust my cleavage. I tend to forget that someone else is watching. Something tells me that Paul doesn’t mind though.

The worst thing I do is pick up my stupid phone. It’s a bad habit. I’m not looking at anything important. I’m just addicted to the screen or something. I try not to do that. It’s rude.

I hope you didn’t find this post by looking for advice on Skype dates…OK, I do have some, but of course, it’s silly:

  1. Dress to impress: Well, at least from the waist up. Wear something that makes you feel pretty or sexy. It will come through on the date. Don’t just show up in a freaking sweatshirt. It’s a date, dammit.
  2. Lighting: You don’t need Hollywood lighting, but at least be aware if your surroundings are too dark for the camera or if you are back-lit. Your date wants to see you. That’s the whole point otherwise you might as well text.
  3. Camera angle: Again, you don’t need to set the web cam on a high shelf or use some other trickery, but at least do a dry run to see what you look like. Looking down at the camera is usually not flattering. Try to make it at eye level or just a little higher.

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