Skype takes the distance out of long-distance dating

Your creative and meaningful uses for Skype never cease to amaze us. So, when we heard about these bi-coastal love birds, we had to get the scoop on how the app helped make their long-distance relationship flourish.

Meet Dee and Gary. Dee lives in Georgia and Gary lives in California. While they met and started dating the old-fashioned way, life took them in different directions and it became clear that they needed some tools to help them stay connected across the miles.

DeeIt turns out, both Dee and Gary had experience using Skype, so it was natural to start with the app they were already familiar with. Over time however, they discovered features that they hadn’t used much before, and came up with other ways to use Skype to help them feel closer. So, without further ado, here are Dee and Gary’s top long-distance dating Skype tips.

Cook, exercise and meditate together: They just move their laptops around with them at home so they can do many of the activities they would normally do together. They even go grocery shopping together and use the Skype for mobile app to decide on ingredients. At the moment, they’re both enjoying trying new vegan recipes. Yum

Entertain each other: Dee is a bit more reserved, but Gary loves to ham it up and, apparently is no slouch on the guitar. One night he did a spot-on impersonation of Rick James—complete with costume and wig. Laughing together is definitely a must, they say.

Be expressive with each other: They love that Skype is constantly adding new emoticons and Mojis and regularly add them into conversations for a little pizzazz and humor.

Surprise each other: Dee thought she would surprise Gary by wearing a new red dress for their Valentine’s Day video call. Even if they couldn’t go out for a nice dinner together, she enjoyed dressing up and looking her best for him. And, not to be outdone in the romance department, Gary surprised Dee by having a bottle of champagne and dinner from her favorite restaurant, delivered to her home. He timed his meal on the west coast with hers, and they ended up having that special dinner together, after all.

Take your time with each other: Since Skype-to-Skype calls are free, there’s no rush to hang up, and on the weekends you could literally spend most of the day together. Dee and Gary’s longest Skype call was five hours on a Saturday. Wow, now that’s what we’re talking about!

With all these great ways to keep their relationship going during the months they’re apart, we asked Dee if she had any advice for other long-distance couples and here is how she summed it up:

  1. “You gotta have a great sense of humor and don’t take things too seriously. I’m the more serious type and Gary is the silly, cartoon character, prankster type. He will do crazy things in public, act out crazy characters in different voices, and stuff like that. So it’s hard to stay angry with him when he ticks me off.
  2. Be transparent about everything and clearly communicate. This is how I am with my best friend and this is how I am with Gary. He’s my best friend too, and that outlasts and is more important than the romantic part of our relationship.
  3. Share common core values in life that aren’t centered on money, since money can come and go. We are both hippies, share the same spiritual beliefs, and are health and fitness nuts. And of course communicating on Skype every day helps make our relationship work!”

Well, they must be doing something right, because they are now engaged to be married. Congratulations, Gary and Dee!

We love to hear about how Skype helps people stay close, even when they’re far away. If you’ve got a story to tell, just tag us #Skype in social media.