The idea of talking to someone you’ve never met before over video chat makes a lot of people cringe. In this day and age, it’s all about texting and chatting online through dating apps. Showing your face and talking to someone in real time is a much more vulnerable experience. Why bother putting yourself through that anxiety and discomfort when you can just hang out behind a screen until you’re ready to see each other in person?
Well, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually quite a few good reasons to schedule a video date before an in-person one. Let’s take a look at some of the most convincing ones!
1) Make sure your date is who they say they are.
A quick video chat is an easy safety measure to use to verify the identity of someone you’ve only ever talked to online. Unfortunately, people do sometimes create fake or misleading profiles. You don’t want to find yourself in an unsafe situation or feel deceived when you arrive to meet someone who isn’t the person you thought you’d been getting to know. A video date can be a simple test to confirm your match is who they claim to be.
2) See if you have chemistry.
Flirting and chemistry don’t always translate from text to in person like you think they will. Video chat is a good compromise to test the waters with someone before you meet up in person. This way, you don’t end up wasting time (or money) on a date where you don’t vibe with the other person. If you video chat and find that you do have chemistry, then you can get even more excited about exploring that connection face-to-face.
3) Get a feel for their true personality.
It can be difficult to get to really get a sense of someone’s personality over text. Video is a better, more authentic way to communicate and get to know someone on a more personal level. You’ll have a chance to observe their emotions, take note of their little quirks, and see if their personality is a good match for yours and what you’re looking for in a partner.
4) Develop your connection a little more.
Going on a date means putting yourself out there, which takes more convincing for some people than others. Some people may not be ready to meet up in person until their feelings about a connection are a little stronger. Because you get to know someone more deeply when communicating face-to-face, it is easier for those strong feelings to develop over video chat. It gives you a chance to build your relationship and more authentically share interests, opinions, etc. There are a lot more activities you can do over video chat that will help drive conversation and break the ice before you meet up in person.
5) Gauge if someone is serious.
A person who isn’t serious about getting into a relationship isn’t likely to be willing to put forth the time and effort to video chat with you. Suggesting a video chat before an in-person meetup is a good way to weed out matches who are just messing around or looking for something more casual than you are. If someone is truly interested in you and exploring a possible future, they will make the effort to spend some time with you over video.
6) You can date more efficiently.
Going on dates takes up a lot of your time and energy. How many times have you met up with someone, realized they were a dud, and wished you could’ve spent the evening somewhere else? Since video chatting helps you eliminate matches who aren’t who they say they are, don’t share chemistry with you, and who aren’t serious about dating, a few minutes can end up saving you hours. It’s your chance to vet someone and decide if they’re worth the effort of an in-person date.
Did you know that when you sign up for a membership with My Safe Dating, you have access to our secure text, voice, and video chat tools to communicate with your matches? We want your online dating experience to be as safe and successful as possible, which is why we provide options for you to get to know someone at your own pace before you decide to take things offscreen.
Register for a membership with us and start taking advantage of our virtual communication tools today!