Updated: May 6, 2020
Before virtual dating became so commonplace, a 2019 Match survey of more than 5,000 single Americans discovered that most people (34% of respondents) believe that twoled a FaceTime date to test-
drive your vibe. Now all that’s left to do is pull together the perfect virtual date outfit, gather some icebreakers for your back pocket (just in case) and figure out how much time to set aside for your new crush. How long should FaceTime dates last? If you cut the video chat short, you might not get an accurate gauge on your chemistry, attraction, and interest. On the other hand, a FaceTime date that’s way too long — especially if you’re not feeling a connection — could be a waste of time for both of you.
Before virtual dating became so commonplace, a 2019 Match survey of more than 5,000 single Americans discovered that most people (34% of respondents) believe thattwo hours is the perfect length for a date. For perspective, 5% of respondents want their dates to last four hours, and just 0.38% believe 15 minutes is the right length.
So Facetime dates require some unique consideration, on a traditional date, you’d likely be meeting up for a specific activity, such as grabbing drinks or taking a walk somewhere. If things went well after you finished that first round of cocktails, you’d have the option to extend the date to another activity. On a FaceTime date, you’re obviously limited in terms of location and activities.
With all of that considered, Stephanie Tumba, Managing Director of Human Connections says that somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes is an ideal length for a FaceTime date “If you're meeting via video, body language tends to be much more relaxed, giving more perspective in a quicker amount of time,” she adds. “If you're enjoying talking to the other person, time can really fly and you can uncover a lot of topics quickly, without the environmental distractions you would experience in person."