How are men and women supposed to know each other's intentions when words are sprawled across a computer screen without any emotional impact?
The Internet utilizes phrases like “lol” for “Laughing Out Loud,” but do they have a phrase for “This is actually a heartfelt message.”?
Elizabeth faced this conflict without text messaging, television, and the computer to contend with. Darcy had tried expressing his feelings in a text message (and no, I'm not suggesting a modern-day update to this classic). Nowadays, technology is aiding in the demise of many relationships before they even get started.
The romanticism in a text message would have been lost, sending Elizabeth into the arms of (gasp! Because the cell phone, computer, and other electronics are such a big part of people's lives, they become a big part of the dating scheme.
Using dating etiquette will ensure that you make a great impression on your dates.
People have become so dependent on technology that they don't know how to communicate with prospective dates other than through the cold touch of a keyboard.
Because there is no formality with dating anymore, men and women are treating any outing with a potential significant other with the same casualness they would use on a friend.
On the other hand, if you're trying to get out of a relationship, I would highly recommend said purchase. In the novels, it takes people years before they even kiss one another.
In Jane Austen's time, everything was a production (after all, they had a lot of time on their hands). Take relish in the little things and savor everything that goes along the way (whether it be the pain, suffering, or glee of it all).