With the advent of this digital age, many things in our day-to-day lives have changed. Most people would say that technology has made life easier and while that may be true when it comes to ordering late night take-out or even finding a late night booty call, there are some aspects of life that have suffered due to the age of information. Like romance, for example. Today’s generation doesn’t even know what a mixed tape is, let alone understand the time and effort that went into putting one of those bad boys together. Somehow a saved playlist just isn’t the same, even if it’s made with the best of intentions. At the risk of sounding like an old fart, dating used to be so much sweeter. While romance isn’t exactly dead yet, it’s on it’s way to being put on life support.
For hundreds of years, men would profess their love to the ladies in their life by writing poems, sonnets, songs or letters. Shakespeare and his counterparts knew a thing or two about sweeping someone off their feet, that’s for damn sure. Nowadays, we women are lucky if we get a text message that has actual full and complete sentences. It may be convenient to send us messages with abbreviated words and cheesy emoticons but wondering if you even know proper English isn’t exactly a turn on. This might be a scary thought but if you actually pick up the phone to give us a call it will make us remember you, if for no other reason than no other guy is willing to do it. You don’t have to be John Cusack holding a boom box in Say Anything (not that you can even find a boom box anymore) but a little thought will go a long way.
Speaking of a little thought, not much is required in the way of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and especially Snapchat. If you think the way to our hearts is to give us the links to all of your social sites, you might want to think again. Seeing your pathetic attempt at twerking or your bathroom selfie will make us weak in the stomach before making us weak in the knees. Photos of you and your buddies at the strip club or grinding on the last girl you dated at the club won’t exactly set our hearts aflutter. Also, you can hold off on sending us pics of your junk until we’ve at least seen it with our very own eyes. If Shakespeare could leave a little something to the imagination then it wouldn’t kill you to do the same. Besides, even in the best light those pictures are never too flattering.
Guys, you don’t have to go all out and reenact Heath Ledger’s dancing serenade from 10 Things I Hate About You but putting a little thought and effort into romancing your woman will never go out of style. Taking the time to even leave a sweet Post-It note in her car could be memorable enough to score you a second date, but try to use full sentences wherever you can. And if you’re still too much of a technophile to go old school, you can always Instagram her a picture of a mixed tape.