The day of romance has come around once again. Flowers, candy,
and kisses show that special someone how much you care. But, why stop with the physical gestures? It wouldn’t be Valentine’s day in this generation without a “Happy Valentine’s day!” or an “I love you!” text to your sweetheart. But, how far is too far when it comes to sharing your love through technology?
Below are some simple rules when using technology on Valentine’s Day:
- Texting-Yes, it is OK to send a “Happy Valentine’s day!” or an “I love you” text to your other half as long as you follow up. If this is all you do on February 14, you might want to re-evaluate how much you care about the other person. Always do something else to pair up with the text such as a present of some kind.
- E-Cards-Sending an e-card instead of the real thing, depends on the couple and personality type of the other half. Some take it as a sweet gesture, others take it as a lazy display of affection. I’ve heard comments anywhere from “Wow, that’s so sweet!” to “Wow, he/she took the quick and easy way out.” Be careful and know your partner when it comes to this.
- Apps-There are now applications you can download specifically for Valentine’s day gift giving. The rule on this one falls under the same category as the e-cards-know your partner. Some might see this as the “last minute gift” or the lazy opt-out for actually taking time to pick out something special.
- Social Media-Of course, social media is always part of the equation. Obviously people will be posting pictures, updating statuses, and showcasing their Valentine’s day activities. But, when it comes to using PDA through social media, there is such a thing as crossing the line. Never post a comment on your partner’s “wall” saying “Happy Valentine’s day,” or anything of the sort. This shows lack of true affection and proves the fact that you simply want to show off to an audience instead of really meaning it.
- Online Dating-No. Not on Valentine’s day. If online dating is your thing, by all means, go ahead. But, if your first date is scheduled on Valentine’s Day, this is not a good way to start and you would put yourself in the “desperate.”
- Skype-This piece of technology can be very useful on Valentine’s Day. Many couples are in a “long distance” status. This can be very difficult, especially when everyone around you is getting flowers and notes filled with sweet nothings. Use Skype to see your loved one if it is not possible to do so in person.
- Mixed Playlist-This can be a great gift if it is done right. Do you and your partner have “a song” or, maybe even a few? Create a CD of these songs to give to your sweetheart.
Or, just to make it simple, show the one you care about just how much you do by doing something special for him or her in person. Not through any kind of technology.