Learning from past dating trends
Over the years, we have seen all sorts of dating trends from romantic telegrams in the mid-20th century to social media DMs in more recent times. The changes that we have seen throughout these eras are just proof of how dynamic expressions of love are.
It would be a complete injustice to all the successful romances of years past to ignore their ways and teachings. But where exactly do we draw the line between fun old school love trends that need rebooting and those that should stay in the past? Here is a list that should help make answering this questions easier.
7 activities that need to make a comeback
1. Writing letters and love notes
A letter is more powerful than any text, email or even FaceTime call you will ever make. These allow you to express yourself in the most uninhibited way truly. You do not feel the need to truncate your words to fit the text limit. You do not have to worry about stuttering or delaying as you figure out what to say.
So pick up a pen and some paper and let your significant other know how much they mean to you. It doesn’t even have to be a full on The Notebook-type of a letter. You could start small with little love notes and short poems.
2. Taking walks together
Remember when people used to love long walks on the beach or in parks and took the time to go on said walks? That time needs a reboot. Walking together is a great way to spend time together in a casual and low-pressure environment. You get to know each other and bond in ways that no other hangout setup will allow.
It is also an awesome activity for couples who are into fitness. Walking gives you a great way to burn calories together while leaving you with enough energy and breath to sustain a conversation.
3. Playing board games
It could be anything from Chess to Monopoly. These games are a great way to spend time together. You will get to learn more about your partner’s hidden traits including competitiveness, critical thinking abilities and so much more.
What makes this old school activity even more worthy of a second chance is the fact that it can easily be a group activity. Did someone say double dates?
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4. Simple hugs and hand-holding
Old school PDA is something else that definitely should make a comeback in this era of love. These days, many couples fall on extreme ends of the PDA spectrum where there is either no physical touch or too much. It is time we go back to simple hand holding and things like hugs and cheek kisses. They are a great way to show affection without being overly sexual.
5. Cooking together
In a day and age where takeout is dominating dinner tables, you can’t refute the importance of giving this old school dating trend another go. Preparing a meal together is a great way to get to know each other and bond.
Before you have a panic attack on your cooking skills or lack thereof, it is important to note that it doesn’t have to be a fancy meal. So no, no one is expecting you to cook a perfect steak and raise a flawless soufflé. You can make anything simple whether it is a salad, a sandwich or even a smoothie. The point is to do it together.
6. Fancy dinner dates
Another super sweet old school dating activity to try out is going out on fancy dates every once in a while. It could be for a birthday, anniversary, valentines or whatever special occasion. These dates are super fun and are a great way to get out of your take out and homemade dinner date comfort zone.
7. Phone calls
Texting, emails and other social media communication channels have dominated this era of love. However, no amount of text messaging or real-time photo sharing will ever match the power of a phone call. Getting to hear your partner’s voice makes a huge difference regarding the quality of your interaction. It is, therefore, something worth giving a try.
With all these awesome romantic activities there is no denying the fact that we have a lot to learn from old school relationships. The best part is that most of them will cost you nothing extra. However, the effects will be unlike anything that new school love has to offer. So write that letter, prepare that dinner and make that phone call. It just might be what your relationship needs to get to the next level.