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Want to turn up the Valentine’s Day romance this year? Here’s a simple tip: unplug those devices and make real connections. Turn it all off and make it your mission to get back to connecting on a personal level in your personal life.
Technology is great, I can’t deny that. We can send messages to loved ones across the world in an instant, find long-lost best friends on social media and work “side-by-side” with someone we’ve never met in person. When it comes to our personal relationships and true Valentine’s Day romance, though, nothing says “ I love you” better than times spent truly connecting with your love. Check out our tips to turn up the Valentine’s Day romance while turning off the devices.
Tips for Unplugged Valentine’s Day Romance
- Declare your intentions. If you have kids staying home with a sitter, turning off your phone completely isn’t exactly practical. Besides, nothing kills romance faster than spending the night worrying about your kids. Instead, let family and friends know that it’s “do not disturb” night. Tell them if they don’t respect that, you’ll hide alarms all over their house to go off at random hours for the next week or something equally annoying. That should get them on board! Some smartphones have options to screen calls. Set that up so that only calls from your sitter can get through.
- Plan the evening the old fashioned way. How did we ever plan our date nights before the internet and review sites? Seriously, I’m asking, I don’t even remember! I think we just kind of drove around until we found something to do. Half the time, it was the journey that created the best memories. Instead of looking to the computer for things to do in your area, take a drive together and stop at the first place that looks enticing. You may discover a new favorite location!
- Go to dinner, skip the movie. The “dinner and a movie” date is a perfect first date because it doesn’t allow much time for conversation. When you want to reconnect, skip the movie and do something else afterward. Preferably something that allows for face-to-face contact and speaking.
- Travel back in time. Some of us remember what it was like to date before computers became household items. Cellphones? I think only spooky CIA agents in movies had those, and they were the size of a briefcase. Even if you aren’t old enough to remember those days, you can learn about them in classic 1980s brat pack movies. Just pick up anything with Molly Ringwald on the cover. Pick a favorite date from the “dark ages,” then recreate it!
- Write it, don’t type it. I type everything, from articles for work to my shopping list. I’ve been typing so long that I barely remember how to print! I do not type my messages in my cards, though. That’s right, I still use actual cards. As much as I like the convenience of e-cards for acquaintances and far-off friends, nothing beats an actual card from Hallmark for my close, personal relationships. I love browsing the store, picking out just the right card and personalizing it with my own message before giving it.
These are just a few Valentine’s Day romance ideas for unplugging and reconnecting in our over-connected, digital world. The idea is to take a night away from our smartphones, smart televisions, laptops, desktops, tablets and everything else that “connects” us to the world so we can connect to those standing right in front of us. You may enjoy it so much that you’ll decide to make it a monthly thing!
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Do you have any other Valentine’s Day romance ideas for reconnecting without technology? Tell us in the comments!