• Fri, Jun 29 2012

Skype Dates Reviewed By A Lady Dreading Another Long Distance Relationship

And so again I’m staring into the abyss—and by that I mean my man-friend’s pixelated face buffering in the v-chat window.

For the past four years, my fella and I have been cohabiting happily with great romantic smooshiness and surprisingly little bickering. Unfortunately my work situation is drawing me to face-to-face meetings in North America, while my main squeeze has to stick around Africa for several months longer. My real life bliss is going to be reduced to two dimensions on a computer screen as we’re back to the purgatory of a long distance relationship (LDR) once again.

See, in the early days of our romance, my boyfriend and I were similarly parted. Skype was still a novelty back then and so we struggled with refining our webcam angles (beware the up-tilt double chin), ambient lighting (candles, anyone?), and close-up lens focus (which somehow seemed to improve by use in conjunction with glasses of wine). We, and the rest of the world, were still figuring it out.

At first, Skype made the LDR more bearable. But soon it made me want to thrust my rage-shaking hand through the damn computer monitor, shattering the screen and, with it, the taunting, delayed and digitized simulacrum of my boyfriend. Because I could see his face, even that inferior interpretation of his face, Skype almost made me miss him MORE than if I didn’t see him at all.

Then, thank Blog, we moved to the same city again. All was well with the world and I no longer had to contemplate the torture that was video chat.

But now, here I am again. Oh, Skype.

The good news is that in the few years since I left it, video dating has significantly evolved. Enough time and creativity and romantic attempts have gone through its magical virtual internet tubes to result in date ideas that aren’t just playing hide and seek with the webcam when one of you goes to take a pee or snorffle a bag of chips.

Maybe these new methods will be able to channel just enough of the spark of our chemistry that I won’t want to weep openly every time I sign in to my computer. Maybe?

I’ll admit it, I’m skeptical. Can any of these modern video chat approaches even remotely begin to fill the GAPING HOLE of my loneliness? There’s only one way to find out. And so, with a furrowed brow and a hopeful heart I hereby pass judgment on the new reality of web romance—Skype Dating 2.0.

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  • Gracie

    My bf and live in the same city but far away from each other. I can’t see it working if we never saw each other but a mixture of both works for us. We incorporate skype so we can see each other everyday. Each night we play games, share what we have read on the web etc and sexually, mutual masturbation helps a lot. Then when one of us needs to sleep we leave our skypes open and fall asleep together. It brings an intimacy that is hard to get any other way. As I am typing this skype is on and he has fallen asleep.

  • Raerae

    My boyfriend has a job that requires him to be gone for 3 weeks at a time and home for 3 days until October. I needed this article today. Thanks!

  • MR

    It doesn’t replace touching. My girlfriend saved me by coming down Weds nights to break the separation period. I had another long distance relationship over 2 years ago, but she only wanted to be a f*ck buddy. Skype doesn’t help that one either. :)

  • Maggie

    My BF is in the military, and he’s about to leave for a 3-month deployment, the first we’ve endured together. I’ve done a LDR before that really sucked, but I’m hoping with improvements to Skype and some of these tips, this time will be better!

    Hang in there girl, it’s only a temporary situation :)