If the closest thing you’ve gotten to a love letter is a kissy face emoji text, you’re not alone.
While celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman talk about swapping love letters with their S.O.s, it’s just not the reality for most of us.
But new research suggests that it should be. A study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior found that sending a romantic e-mail makes you feel more lovey-dovey than leaving a voicemail.
For the study, researchers tracked 72 college students and found that those who sent romantic e-mails also used stronger and more thoughtful language than those who left voicemails.
Why? We add more positivity to our messages to compensate for the inability to show a vocal tone via e-mail, they found. E-mail also lets you take your time and edit yourself, making sure you put out the best message possible.
“This extra processing may increase arousal,” the study authors write. Also worth noting: The emotional impact was the same, regardless of gender.
And since it’s pretty sucky to not respond to a romantic e-mail, the odds are high you and your S.O. will be passing warm fuzzy feelings around.
Granted, giving it a go can be easier said than done—which is why we created this fill-in-the-blank love e-mail:
Source: Women’s Health Magazine