So you’ve read our article on creating the perfect online dating profile and now your inbox is filled with requests for Zoom dates. Like it or not, Zoom dating is the new normal. Whether it’s a social distancing date or you’re currently in a long-distance relationship, you’ll need to look and feel your best. Here are a few Zoom dating tips to keep in mind before you Netflix and (virtually) chill.
Choose Your Surroundings
Find a neutral area in your home that is free of distractions. If you live with roommates, set up in a space where you will not be disturbed. The ideal spot for your Zoom date should not steal the focus away from you. Pay close attention to your background. No one wants to see a week’s worth of laundry or a sink full of dirty dishes behind you.
Get rid of any clutter that will be in your camera’s view.
Virtual backgrounds are very popular on Zoom. You can be on the beach, in front of the Eiffel tower, or any location you choose. While virtual backgrounds are fun, they can also be distracting. Don’t depend on them because you don’t want to clean up a messy space. Simplicity is best. A plain background puts you in the spotlight.
Next, check your lighting. Even the most expensive camera won’t perform well in poor lighting. It’s difficult to hold a conversation with someone with harsh lighting or sitting in complete darkness.
Pick a space that has lots of natural light. Backlighting can be distracting for the other person, so avoid sitting with your back to the window. If possible, turn so the natural light is facing you. If you’re in a windowless room or a window is far away from your setup, make sure you have adequate overhead lighting.
Get Camera Ready
You want to make a great impression, so a neat appearance is a must. Looking your best gives you the confidence to feel sexy. That oversized sweatshirt and messy bun may be quick and easy, but that just-rolled-out-of-bed look may not be the vibe you’re going for.
Dress to impress, but don’t overdo it. You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard. If you’re watching a movie together, that bodycon dress and heels may get uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Before you reach for that outfit, ask yourself, is it flattering? Will you spend the date constantly adjusting your shirt or dress? If so, choose something else.
Your date will mostly see you from the waist up, but that doesn’t mean you should wear pajama bottoms (or no bottoms at all!). You may have to step away from your device for a moment, so your entire body may be in your camera’s view. Keep this in mind when choosing your outfit.
Once you’ve dressed, do a final check of your hair, makeup, and clothing. Use your device’s camera mode and take a selfie before your date starts to ensure you look your best.
Posture & Eye Contact
Try to maintain good posture. Not only does slouching look sloppy, but it’s also bad for your back. Sitting in the wrong posture for too long puts stress on your spine. Choose a comfortable chair or sofa before your date.
Set your device at eye level and keep eye contact as much as possible. This will not only make you look focused, but your date will feel more connected to you. Humans are social creatures and eye contact shows the other person you are listening and interested in what they have to say.
Zoom dating may take some time to get used to, but it can be just as effective as an in-person meeting if they’re done well. Implement the above suggestions, but most importantly, relax and have fun!
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.