VIP Alexandria Magazine | June 2020

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WAYS TO SPICE UP YOUR FIRST VIRTUAL DATE STORY BY JEANETTE WAGES

How many times have we heard our parents or grandparents say, “Dating in my day was different.” Well, grandma and grandpa could not be more right with today’s dating scene, because quite honestly dating 6 months ago was a whole different world. As little as five years ago, couples still made up stories about how they met after meeting on a dating app, now it has become common place and meeting at a bar or a grocery store seems like a rare story to hear from our friends. Swiping through apps is the new normal; swipe, chat, meet for coffee or a drink. In the last few months, with the encouragement to social distance, the meet up part has changed to “let’s do a zoom call”. The first time I personally got that message I wasn’t sure how to take it, I knew it was the only way to get some face time but the concept was still foreign and honestly not appealing. My first zoom call date went like this, he set up the link, there were problems with the link, we finally get on to chat, he’s on his patio I’m in my bedroom (insert joke about not being the type of girl who takes a guy into her bedroom for a first date), we have our beverages of choice, chat, ok over it, wish each other a good evening, go back to Netflix and swiping. Zoom call and Facetime dates are not going away anytime soon, people are loving being able to get that glimpse of a person before committing to leaving their house for them, so how do we spice these “first dates” up to actually feel like a date?

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