Sleeping Together (on Videochat)


One evening, while they were Skyping, Alvarez decided to go to sleep, and Klepacs did the same, without ending the call. When they woke up the next day, the videochat was still running.

They found the experience so comforting that they slept “together” over videochat every night while they were living in two different cities, making them part of a small but ardent group of couples, many in long-distance relationships, who rely on the practice to maintain intimacy while apart.

Having a camera running through the night (or even just during a nap) might strike some as invasive, but the people I spoke with said the practice made sense to them: Couples who live in the same place can share a bed, so why shouldn’t they be able to do the same, albeit virtually?

via The Atlantic

Unsurprising and obvious as I feel like folks have been doing this as long as their been a pipe big enough to continually stream video content.

Remember those seemingly-random “livecams” that you’d find in random spots on the internet? Maybe it was a rare, protected wildlife that was about to give birth or a look into a huge Bingo Hall in remote Kansas—the fidelity of the call wasn’t the important thing, it was about connectedness, togetherness, making the world a much smaller place.

We’ve been doing that since the very beginning; isn’t most of what we do simply to organize our relationships in more cohesive, functional ways?

It’s kind of the goal of life, right?