There are many ways to tell your partner or potential love interest that you love them with social media, taking over from the old times, when many communicated by writing love letters.

Researchers have taken a look at which way would be best to communicate your love for someone in the digital age, conducted at the University of Indiana and published in Computers in Human Behaviour .

The team discovered that sending an email can prove to be much more effective in conveying your romantic feelings than leaving a voicemail message.

Author of the study, Alan R. Dennis says that, “The bottom line is that email is much better when you want to convey some information that you want someone to think about.”

With psychophysiological methods, they looked at 72 college-aged people and examined how emails, texts and voicemails impact and warped communication when it came to work or personal settings. Oddly enough, they found that those who sent romantic emails were more emotionally stimulated and used stronger more thought-provoking language than those leaving a voicemail.

Will it really make a difference?

“When writing romantic emails, senders consciously or subconsciously added more positive content to their messages, perhaps to compensate for the medium’s inability to convey vocal tone.”

They went as far to say that email allows you to alter your messages and use the ‘perfect’ words for the situation which will allow you to think more deeply as to leaving a voicemail which is recorded in one go. If you are looking to arouse your potential love interest, researchers suggest that doing the extra work may increase arousal.

How would you break the L word to your potential love interest? Do you Facebook, Instagram or via WhatsApp or do you still believe that something as important should be said face to face?

Sources: Medical Daily

Alice Paulse