For those of us consuming Coronavirus information updates every 30 seconds, it’s hard to keep up, let alone decipher what it all means. To inspire our readers, Detroitisit is taking an informative stance to help keep you best aware of what’s going on, and what steps can help make the COVID-19 that much smoother for us.
So, who wants their love life squashed due to Social Distancing? I know I wouldn’t.
Though I am a “taken woman,” I have had my hand in the whole “Long Distance Relationship” game, so logically when the idea came about of social distancing, and quarantine, I started to think about how this would affect my single friends being not able to leave their houses, and how it would suck if they’d just met someone new but now can’t SEE this person due to Coronavirus running rampant.
While this may be the last thing on some people’s minds, maybe some tips can help keep the flame hot while many people are keeping their distance. If it helps, maybe people can use these tricks when this all gets back to normal as a “How To Long Distance” guide, and it may remind others that social distancing and self-quarantine is more important than a booty call. Nobody needs to be ACTUALLY cuddling in quarantine and chancing infection.
Fair? Let’s get to it.
PHONE, SKYPE, GOOGLE HANGOUT, FACETIME
Talking on the phone – not texting! I’ll admit, I hate phone calls. BUT – if you’re scheduling a phone call with someone you like, maybe it will be more exciting. Take it to the next level: If you’ve got a smartphone, you more than likely are able to use programs like Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime to visually see each other during this conversation. Many people who use this method during Long Distance relationships will set it up like a “date” where you still get dressed nicely, and some even go as far as making the same food so you can have the illusion of a dinner together.
This also gives you time to get to know each other on a deeper level than you may have found physically being in person together. Forcing non-physical contact due to the fact of not being in the same room will cause you to emotionally connect, sometimes even more strongly than if you could have had an in-person meet.
And a mega-pro tip: If you plan on doing a lot of these, you can order a phone tripod to make it hands-free. The one you can find by clicking here also comes with a ring light – which, honestly, lighting is only gonna make you look EVEN BETTER than you already do.
NETFLIX PARTY MODE
Using your computer, you can host a Netflix Party, in which you can watch the same film together! You will need Google Chrome browsers and the Netflix Party extension, which you can find here. You can then have a phone call running audio, so you can react in real-time, or you can use the chat sidebar. For more information on how to set it up, click here. And if that ends up being too complicated, you can always just try to sync your TVs by hitting play at the same time.
If you’re on somewhat opposite schedules somehow (like my husband still has to work during this time), come up with a list of “must-watch” movies and TV shows and exchange them, and then shoot through them on your own time and discuss later on your next video-date!
While there may not be a ton of things to do around your house, you can shoot video clips and send them over at your leisure, when you look the cutest, or if you’d rather say something than text it. These little gestures really help pass the time and help you connect on a deeper level… That is… if that’s what you’re looking for!
TAKE UP GAMING
This may be more effort than you’re willing to put in if you don’t already have the necessary tools. But honestly, gamers already have this stuff on lock. If you’ve got online gameplay, and even add an element of Twitch Streaming, you can play the same games together and flex that competitive bone. And to be completely honest: A great way of getting to know someone is to see if they’re a sore loser or not. So fire up those PS4’s and start identifying some character strengths and flaws!
MAKE EACHOTHER A PLAYLIST
When I started dating my husband, we exchanged mix CDs, yes this was way past the ’90s, but we viewed our mixtapes as a love letter. A great way to get to know someone is by listening to their favorite music. Whether you use Apple Music or Spotify, you can create a series of mixes for each other, and simply send the URL over for listening pleasure, then chat about what songs you like (and maybe some that you don’t) and bond over similar tracks! You never know, you could introduce them to their next favorite band!
If you’ve already had… Ahem, relations with the person you’re attempting to quarantine court, you can always… You know… Get creative in these situations. Visually or verbally, there are ways. I’ll leave it at that.
Do you have some long-distance tips that could help social distance dating? Let us know in the comments on Facebook!