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Responses have been lightly edited for clarity.
I’m focused on keeping things interesting for our daters as I continue to send them out virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
To mix it up a bit, I told our daters Erin and Sean that they had the option of playing the game Heads Up! as a way to break the ice. Each also ordered their own dinner to enjoy as they chatted. He chose King of Spicy and she chose Barcelona Wine Bar.
First, a bit of background on our duo:
Sean is 30, works as a statistician, and enjoys taking his dog for long walks, Latin dancing (cool!), hiking, and grabbing a beer with friends. He describes himself as a “sweet and fun-loving guy with a strong moral compass looking for lots of adventures.” He’s looking for someone who is smart, kind, has a good sense of humor, and enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures.
Then we have Erin. She’s 26, works as a financial analyst, and enjoys brewery hopping, running, and hitting up farmers’ markets. She’s also a big football fan. She describes herself as a “happy-go-lucky person who gets along with almost anyone” and she values honesty. She’s looking for someone who is playful, smart, career-driven, and has integrity.
Based on their hobbies and what each was looking for in a partner, I felt like they’d be a good match. I still have my sights set on a Axios Charlotte wedding.
Here’s how the evening unfolded:
Have you given virtual dating a try since the pandemic started?
Sean: I’d actually only been on one virtual date. And that was back when the pandemic first started.
Erin: Nope, this was my first one! It was also my first truly blind date.
How did you feel leading up to this particular virtual date? Any concerns?
Sean: I felt pretty good about it! I might have been more nervous if it was an in-person blind date. I always find the process of identifying your date to be really awkward. But this time obviously I didn’t worry too much about that. But to be honest with you, probably the scariest part of this for me is going to be reading what the other person said. And it’s funny, we talked a little bit about that.
Erin: I mean, I kind of figured that if he was down to do a virtual date that we would probably get along. With the shared interests that you told me about as well, I felt like we could probably find something to talk about. Before the date I got a little nervous, just with the logistics of getting everything together because I’ve never done a virtual date. I know how to prepare for a normal date, but with a virtual date I was like, “Am I forgetting anything?”
Was the concept of a virtual date more, less, or equally appealing to you?
Sean: I would say a little less appealing. Obviously, in an ideal world, I prefer an in-person date. One of the things that I’ve really enjoyed about the series that you do is a lot of the dates are super creative and cool in that regard. Virtual dates don’t give you that full ability to be creative.
Erin: With the world we’re in now, I was fine with it. But normally I’d rather do an in-person date, just because my personality can show through a little more. It feels more natural. But the virtual date idea was fine with me. These days it’s just like, “Well, that’s how it has to be.”
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your conversation?
Sean: The conversation was easily a nine or a ten. It was really easy to talk with her.
Erin: I’d say a nine. We didn’t have to rely on the game or anything, and we talked for three hours. It just felt natural. It was a great conversation. He seems like a really interesting person. He has cool hobbies and seemed mature. He was really smart, too, but not in a condescending sort of way.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your chemistry?
Sean: That’s where I think it becomes more difficult. For a virtual date, I’d say it was probably a nine or a ten. If you were to compare it to a normal date, maybe like a seven or an eight. But it was definitely high marks for a virtual date. It’s just a different standard.
Erin: I’d say like a seven or an eight. I don’t mean that because I don’t think we have chemistry, it’s just because it was the first date and we were strangers, plus it was a virtual date. At first, I was kind of like, “I don’t know what he’s feeling” but I could kind of tell by the end that we were hitting it off.
On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the date overall?
Sean: I’d say a nine and a half. I’ll average my answer, you know?
Erin: I’m going to just go with an average of what I’ve said, so I’d say an eight or a nine. First dates are always a little nerve-wracking. They’re awkward. But I think we hit it off, and I think we had a great conversation. I think we were both open-minded about it and went in with good attitudes.
Would you be open to meeting in person?
Sean: Yeah, that’s something we chatted about. I’d definitely be open to it.
Erin: Yep, he asked for my number at the end of the date and we’ve been texting. We’ve talked about going on a socially distanced patio date soon.
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