Dating websites and social media have revolutionised meeting potential partners. Erik Shipmon, author of "Why Do People Date Online?" says that "the Internet is the ultimate singles' bar, without the noise, the drunks, and the high cost of all those not-so-happy hours." Thankfully, it also means you don't have to rely on friends and family to play cupid with people they think would be perfect for you. That's a good thing, right?
Well, it's good that finding love has been made easier through the likes of dating websites, facebook and twitter, but real love can only come from spending time together in the real world, offline. The importance of body language in any relationship can't be underestimated – pauses, gestures, facial expressions, tilt of the head – those subconscious hints as to our true feelings that can't be conveyed online.
So, if your love life's flagging from too much hash-tagging, you tweet more than you meet and you're someone's tweetheart instead of sweetheart, it's time to take action. Here are ten things that will help to get your love back into the real world.
#FoodOfLove is what we all need and food with a view is the best sort of feed. Why not suggest a romantic picnic at one of the many spectacular picnic spots around Sydney. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/picnic-spots/ for some great ideas then pack your blanket, picnic basket and wine and enjoy your time together.
#BoxOfChocolates is a lovely deed, but sharing the sweetness is what we both need. How about licking each other's lips at one of Sydney's great chocolate cafes. Go to www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/chocolate/ where you'll find plenty of sweet spots to indulge in one of life's great passions.
#LongStemmedRoses are a nice thought, but let's enjoy those that can't be bought. Why not suggest a romantic walk around one of the many beautiful gardens open to the public around Sydney. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/gardens/ for lots of places where you and your loved one can stop and smell the roses.
#l LongStemmedRoses: Smell the roses during a romantic walk around gardens
#TLCtime means we both need some care; let's take some time out so our love can repair. If energy and enthusiasm is lacking in your relationship, why not book some couple's time at a day spa to wind down and relax together. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/day-spas/ where you'll find some great health and day spas that both of you can enjoy.
#WeekendAway sounds lovely in words, but let's get away, let our actions be heard. Why not organise a weekend away somewhere different where you can relax, explore, eat out and get away from the humdrum routine. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/weekend-escapes/ to find something that will give you the time you need to rekindle your romance.
#WeekendAway: Treat yourself to a romantic weekend away
#PrettyWoman brings a tear to my eye, especially the opera scene, oh, how I cry.
Why not have your own "Pretty Woman moment" with your partner by going to the opera, the ultimate romantic night out. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/opera/ to find out what's on at the opera in and around Sydney and show your loved one how deep your feelings are.
#HeadInTheClouds is where you are found; one day you'll have both feet on the ground. Let's face it, we all have our head in the clouds when it comes to love so why not embrace it by sharing a sky high experience with your loved one. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/tandem-skydiving-in-sydney/ for some ideas on things you can do in the sky.
#PrettyWoman: Nothing like a romantic opera to show your depth of feeling
#WillRingSoon means one thing to you, for me it means a diamond or two. If someone needs a little hint as to what a girl really wants for Valentines' Day, take a look at www.weekendnotes.com/search/ and search "Jewellery" which will give you lots of ideas, including jewellery shops, jewellery making and exhibitions.
#HeadSpinsAndHeartbeats is what you should feel, when you're with me it's gotta be real.
If that rush of new love has waned, why not get it back by doing some wheel spinning together. Look at www.weekendnotes.com/sydney/cycling/ for some great bike ride activities and get those wheels spinning and hearts beating.
#You'veGotMail kept those lovers apart; let's get offline, let this relationship start.
We waited on the edge of our seats for Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks to hook up in You've Got Mail. One of the great romantic movies of all time, You've Got Mail reminded us that the pursuit of love is far from straightforward. Movies make for a great date so check out the latest movie releases and reviews at www.weekendnotes.com/everywhere/movie-reviews/.
Hopefully these ideas will help to get some real time romance back into your life so you can change your status from "tweetheart" to "sweetheart"!