In an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a handwritten “love note from their romantic partner” was the response of 44 percent of the 2,541 adults questioned about it. A sincerely written note was bested by only “being taken to a nice restaurant for dinner” (58 percent).
“Roses are red, violets are blue, blah, blah, blah.”
Good news, guys. That’s all you have to do for Valentine’s Day. Write her a love note. Write it better than “blah, blah, blah,” of course. Still, the value of it is in the handwriting and its sentiment.
In our continuing effort to come to a deep and meaningful understanding of life, primarily from reading the results of scientific surveys, we’ve discovered that love notes are one of the things that women want most to receive on Valentine’s Day.
In an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive, a handwritten “love note from their romantic partner” was the response of 44 percent of the 2,541 adults questioned about it. A sincerely written note was bested by only “being taken to a nice restaurant for dinner” (58 percent) and was followed by “enjoying a home-cooked meal” (38 percent).
We are assuming that most of the women who chose the love note are taking for granted that they’d like it even if the note was penned quickly — like when the man who wakes up in the morning and realizes, “Oh, no, it’s Valentine’s Day,” and then scribbles, “I want to thank you for being in my life” on a card that was left over from Christmas.
OK, I need to tell you that the survey was done on behalf of Zebra Pen Corp., whose corporate officials were understandably happy to find out anybody wants to still use a pen in these computer days.
“At a time when gift-giving seems like a competition, we are happy to see that a handwritten love note is included in the top three responses to the survey,” said Chris Farley, director of marketing for Zebra Pen Corp. in a media statement emailed to me, and I’m supposing more than a few other journalists.
“While flowers and chocolates are nice, a handwritten love note is a sentimental gift someone can save and cherish for years to come.”
I’m presuming that I wouldn’t have gotten the email if survey respondents had voted a handwritten love note lower on the list of things they prefer to get on Valentine’s Day — down there between “nothing” (15 percent) and “other” (8 percent).
Still, even though it’s a self-serving result, it is, trusting Harris Interactive, an accurate statistic. A bunch of women do like love notes, even if it’s difficult to read the handwriting, and it takes a moment for them to figure out the “blah, blah, blah” part.
The other top gifts that were identified in the survey, by the way, were “flowers” (29 percent), “jewelry” (29 percent), “chocolates” (28 percent) and “spa treatment” (26 percent).
I told you those other gifts because I need to warn men who are math-challenged that one gift may not be enough. Statistics are quite clear that you can’t just write the love note, then sit back and expect not to be given the traditional Valentine’s Day silent treatment.
If you add up all the survey results, you’ll see that women have voted for things they want to get for Valentine’s Day that amount to a total of 280 percent. You don’t have to be a math marvel to figure out that our loved ones have voted for way more than one thing. So you’d be wise to come home with flowers along with your flowery language.
Be sensitive and loving with your words, but have a meal arranged. And if you choose the “home-cooked meal” option, notice it’s not a “home-brought” meal. I’d advise against a candlelight pizza dinner, even if it is a “supreme.”