'Tis the season where you see all your friends get engaged on Facebook. And a new survey found that a sizable amount of women want men to propose this holiday season using a tech device. It's all very "Love in the Time of Smartphones."
According to the survey from British events company Chillisauce, 15 percent of women in the UK think that using technology is the best way to pop the question.
"The Internet is inundated with wedding statistics but there are very few surveys conducted solely around marriage proposals," says Chillisauce spokesman Mike Chidzey. "We wanted to gain a better insight into what men and women want from a proposal to give the best advice to brides and grooms-to-be across the UK."
To find just what women want when it comes to their engagement, Chillisauce asked 7,000 people in the UK about wedding proposals. Of that 15 percent, 40 percent chose social media as their tech medium of choice, while 32 percent selected a proposal "over the phone."
According to the survey, Christmas Eve is the best day of the year to propose, followed by Valentine's Day, Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, Halloween, New Year's Day and strangely, Boxing Day.
The survey found that almost a quarter of men will ask for their partner's hand in marriage on Christmas Eve, making it one of the most popular holidays for engagements. While many women may add a fairy tale marriage proposal to their holiday wish list, 22 percent of women would rather their men wait until Valentine's Day. The survey found that 20 percent of women want to get engaged on their anniversary, whereas six percent say a Halloween proposal would be sweet.
Now that the pressure is on for men to make the perfect engagement this Christmas Eve, they might find comfort in knowing that 51 percent of women want men to skip a theatrical speech and just ask straight out, "Will you marry me?"
It appears evident, more than ever, that technology continues to replace traditional means of communication. Most people prefer one of the biggest moments of their lives to be shared with others via social media, whereas being asked the big question by poem, dance or song only received six percent of the vote each.
The survey also found that 65 percent of men voted they wouldn't say yes if their woman proposed.
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