5 ways to use tech and show your love
MANILA, Philippines - There's a song by Quincy Jones and James Ingram that asks men to find 100 ways to show their love to a woman.
In today's tech-filled world, there are probably 100 more ways to do the job, but some of them are either extremely complicated, such as organizing a flashmob, or prohibitively expensive -- hiring a helicopter to take you to a romantic remote location for a candlelit dinner.
Luckily, you don't need to go that far.
Here are 5 ways you can show your affection to the one you love with the help of technology.
Change the wallpaper
Perhaps the simplest gesture available to those with mobile devices is to change the wallpaper on the device of choice of the person you love.
There are tutorials online for making wallpapers that fit specific phone types, as well as changing the wallpapers, such as this Lifehacker post on wallpaper changing for the iPhone 5.
That said, if you can get someone to make you a custom wallpaper to profess your love, this is an excellent way to surprise her, perhaps as a starter surprise for something bigger.
As for getting your beloved's permission to borrow her phone… that's all going to depend on you.
Deliver the romance
People in long-distance relationships will perhaps know about this, but for those of you who are new to the romance industry of the 21st century, you can actually order stuff online for international delivery.
In this case, why not deliver the romance to your dear heart's office or residence?
The simplest way may be to gift the person you like something on his or her ebook wish list on Amazon, if he or she loves reading books. Not particularly romantic, unless you send him or her a marriage-related book with a "Will you marry me?" message tacked on the gift email.
You can also search for flower shops that ship internationally or have branches near where your beloved works or lives. Order a delivery for her, have a card set up for the occasion, make sure the delivery arrives at a certain time, and orchestrate a romantic moment even when you're not there.
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) are plentiful, but few of them actually have specific role-playing elements geared towards romance.
If the two of you play a particular game, for example, why not get your online friends to help you set up an online marriage for the two of you?
Some games, such as RIFT or Perfect World International have marriage systems you can take advantage of to allow for a fully-scripted event, complete with in-game tuxedos and wedding dresses.
Even without a marriage system, you can always be gung-ho and get your friends or a game master set up a wedding for you in a place of your choice.
Video love messages
Vine is an iPhone app that allows people to record and share short looping videos online, complete with audio.
Why not leverage Vine to send your beloved some quick messages of heart-stirring romance?
For instance, in a 6-second video, you can say something as heartfelt as "I love you," or say nothing, and hold out flowers. The possibilities for insane cuteness are endless, and all you need is the imagination to do something awesome with the limitations posed by the app.
Perhaps the best use of tech for romance is to create surprises, and if your main recourse is to go online or use tech to get a message across, why not change the rules by heading offline and using tech to set up the surprise?
For instance, start the morning right by using the flower delivery idea to add some spice to the day, then spend the afternoon sending 6-second love messages through Vine. When you're ready to meet, ask a friend of hers in the office to set up a meeting for you two without her knowing.
End the work day by surprising her in the office, with some chocolates in tow, a smile on your face, and love in your eyes. After longing for your presence the entire day, seeing you as the final surprise should make a romantic day all the more special. - Rappler.com