Break the ‘digital divide’ this Valentine’s Day

Our expert says set the phone down this Valentine's Day.

Our expert says set the phone down this Valentine’s Day.

Looking for the perfect way to connect with your love this Valentine’s Day? Go beyond the cute text or e-card.

Dr. Asim Shah, associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine, says it’s important to make an effort to connect face-to-face.

Shah said a candle-lit dinner is a great way for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“Having a romantic date doesn’t mean you have to go to the most expensive restaurant,” he said. “You can cook and have candles at home and spend time talking and holding hands. None of that costs very much money.”

Looking for another gesture that doesn’t break the bank? Shah says put your phone or tablet down. Eliminating distractions and giving your loved one attention, shows you consider them are a priority.

Shah said technology can be used positively but it’s not a replacement for quality personal time when possible.

“When a person is in the armed forces, for example, or for a couple in a long-distance relationship, technology can be a positive thing,” Shah said. “They can use Skype or use online sites to order flowers. Technology is an advantage in those situations because it allows you to stay connected.”

 Additional Resources

Read more of Shah’s ideas for celebrating with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day

Heading to the kitchen to make a special treat for Valentine’s Day? Check out our dietitian-recommended baking and cooking swaps.

-By Audrey M. Marks

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