face time
n. Time spent interacting with someone in person, rather than via email or some other electronic link.
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Hi-tech tools such as modems, e-mail and cellular phones enable employees to do much of their work at home. But many employees feel a subtle or overt pressure to intensify "face time" — the time, productive or not, that they're seen at the office.
—Paul Luke, “Workaholics: 'Insecure' employees toiling long hours,” Calgary Herald, August 10, 1996
John and Heather duly dispatched their pictures, both of which showed pleasant, open, plumpish faces. Both liked what they saw, but there still remained the underlying worry that neither might be the person they said they were. It was not until eight months after they first made computer contact that the couple finally secured what is termed "face time" — a meeting in person.
—Christopher Middleton, “Tugs and Pie: it's love at first byte,” The Daily Telegraph, May 10, 1996
1978 (earliest)
The President himself drops by the White House press room to announce or call attention to events that reflect favorably on the administration, thus guaranteeing himself a few precious seconds of 'face time’ on the evening TV news.
—U.S. News & World Report, September 4, September 04, 1978