But I hate the idea of being Miss Manners for dating or anything else.
Then I realized there was a much more useful way of thinking about the role of phone communication.
If a guy is out with a girl and wants to show her how he feels, a high five is not the way to go. A high five from a guy could result in a slap in a face from a girl, or worse, no second date to redeem yourself.
Your boyfriend or girlfriend can definitely tell when you’re not in the moment.
, eighteenth-century men and women courted each other by attending balls and writing letters.
Today, men and women court each other by signing up for and sending text messages. Darcy has too much pride to express any of his feelings to Elizabeth Bennet.
Elizabeth faced this conflict without text messaging, television, and the computer to contend with. Darcy had tried expressing his feelings in a text message (and no, I'm not suggesting a modern-day update to this classic). Nowadays, technology is aiding in the demise of many relationships before they even get started.
The romanticism in a text message would have been lost, sending Elizabeth into the arms of (gasp! Because the cell phone, computer, and other electronics are such a big part of people's lives, they become a big part of the dating scheme.