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How do owners of Palm OS handhelds shake their love lives
Posted on 12-Feb-2004 14:57. | Tags Filed under: News.

Handhelds can rev up romance and bring couples together, according to a survey that ran on PalmInfocenter, an independent Palm OS community. In the survey, which generated more than 1,000 responses in four days, 73 percent of the participants said that they meet people or strike up conversations as a result of their handheld or smartphone, and a weighty 67 percent claimed that their handheld or smartphone plays a role in their love life.

The palmOne Romance Survey tells a story not yet captured by trend watchers and academic studies - savvy couples and singles on the dating scene use technology to organize dates and romantic time together, express feelings and simply communicate better.

Survey respondents submitted hundreds of stories about how they plan weddings, write and send poems, set reminders to pick up special gifts, carry photos of loved ones, and even propose! With the approach of Valentine's Day, the stories below illustrate high-tech expressions of love and romance.

  • A palmOne customer used his handheld to pull off a complicated proposal. The device prompted him to remain aware of (1) when the diamond ring was delivered hours before the proposal was to take place, (2) the address of the location where he purchased six dozen roses and the price he paid for them, (3) the phone numbers of parents and friends who needed to be called, and (4) the time at which the actual proposal was to take place.

  • One palmOne customer, a self-described romantic and techno guy, uses his Treo 600 smartphone extensively in his love life, from carrying photos on the device to writing poetry, beaming e-cards and sending special email or photo messages. The man and his girlfriend now use a set of smartphones to track information and to-do items for their July wedding.

  • One handheld user decided to take a walk after a fight with her boyfriend. It was late by the time she got back and her boyfriend had gone to bed. As she lay on the couch in anger, her handheld beeped that it had a message. Turned out that while she was cooling off outside, her boyfriend wrote a poem and entered it into her handheld, effectively ending the fight.

  • One handheld user claims that many times the "alarms" on his handheld have saved him -- reminding him in the nick of time to pick up flowers, make dinner reservations, and even call when his girlfriend is out of town. He also uses his handheld to keep track of where she is when she travels, so a box of candy or flowers are waiting when she checks into her hotel.

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