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February 14, 2014

Forget the Flowers - Mobile Phones and Internet Access More Important than Sex this Valentine's Day


Chances are you have spent tons of time thinking of ways to make today special for your significant other. Maybe you have planned out a special dinner for two, or had flowers and candy delivered to your sweetheart – classic Valentine’s Day staples. Although a romantic evening with minimal distractions may seem like your mate’s idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day, research by Harris Interactive proves that such romantic gestures may be the last thing on your Valentine’s mind.

The statistics are a serious wakeup call for all those who think flowers, expensive dinners and jewelry are sure to win over their Valentine. The facts are in: 26 percent of Americans they could not live without their phones, while 20 percent said they could not live without sex. With the advanced technology available  today – and the limitless amount of ways it can advance our lives – it comes as no surprise that smartphones are pretty much running the world, and better yet, us. The results from the survey show that only food and having a car surpass the need for Internet access, mobile phones and computers/ laptops, revealing that top technology is the prime choice for a Valentine’s Day gift for your lover. As long as Americans have food to eat, the next best thing is any form of tech – sex and romance come second best. The statistics don’t lie:

The wireless companies are not complaining when it comes to these statistics, for they are reaping all the benefits. According to a survey by the American Customer Satisfaction Index in May of 2013, the wireless phone industry reversed a two-year trend of declining customer satisfaction with a 2.9 percent gain. And with mobile carriers releasing appealing new cost-effective plans, it only makes sense that Americans are falling in love with mobile technology. So you really want to surprise your sweetheart on this special day? The statistics show that purchasing your significant other a new smartphone – or if you’re in the big leagues, a car – may be most successful in pleasing your partner. Maybe you’ll even get lucky.




Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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