We're definitely beyond the years of ink pots, scrolls, and quills, but the impact of writing a love letter is irrefutably timeless.We'll wait for your eyes to stop rolling so you can hear us out.Sure you can replay, delete, and re-do your voicemail, but there's more pressure and less time to get it right."Besides, expressing your emotions can be easier to write than speak because you can do it in private, at your own time, and keep tweaking your thoughts 'til you're happy with them," Gandi says.Love letters can strenghten your relationship whether you're living in different states or in the same apartment.Expressing your feelings in the written word is way more effective than, say, leaving her a rambling voicemail (that you'll probably leave after too many at the bar). In this digital age—especially if you're a millennial—it's best to send an email rather than leaving a voicemail if you're trying to win a woman over or get a positive response to romance, according to recent research from Indiana University.Let Your Guard Down Do everyone a favor and stop putting up the front of the rough-and-tumble guy who thinks emotions will detract from your manliness. "Love letters have been written since the beginning of time," Gandhi says.Feel free to send off that email via the Internet or you can print it out and send your letter via snail mail—either works!
"...email is much better when you want to convey some information that you want someone to think about," said study author Alan R. The written word allows the writer to express exactly what they're thinking and feeling, and allows the recipient to ruminate on these thoughts and feelings.
In this instance, email senders were more engaged and spent more time crafting their message with the most positive and arousing emotional content—something callers can't really do.
In the study, researchers had 72 college-age men and women leave romantic and utilitarian emails or voicemails.
Using psychophysiological measures (they placed skin sensors on the subjects' faces to measure muscle movements associated with positive and negative emotions, and on their feet to measure arousal via increases in blood flow), the researchers discovered the people who sent passionate emails were more emotionally aroused and used stronger, more thoughtful language than those who left "passionate" voicemails.
Trying it for yourself isn't as daunting as you think either.
We asked Bela Gandhi, founder and head coach of Smart Dating Academy, a full service personal consulting firm that provides busy, successful professionals with dating coaching and online dating consulting for the do's and dont's of writing a love letter in the 21st century.