You’re sitting on the tube, headphones in, reading through a BuzzFeed article on your phone and minding your own business when sat opposite you, a young and beautifully in love couple, gazing into each others eyes, giggle euphorically and share small and repetitive kisses throughout the duration of the journey. PDA (Public Displays of Affection) – a sign of exciting young love, or inappropriate social behaviour?
“Kissing someone is pretty intimate, actually very intimate, and your heart always kind of skips a beat before you do that.” – Keanu Reeves
As teenagers, us girls idolise of a man who will whisk us up into his arms in some kind of public occasion, never afraid to show us off to their friends or let the world know that we’re ‘their girl’ – and other Tumblr rubbish like that. Yet more often than not, I see the same Tumblr girls mocking those who simply want to share in a bit of Lovey Dovey goodness when enjoying a day out together.
Of course, I’m not allowing the all-too-moist tango of tongues whilst tucking into your evening meal, and I’m all too aware of the acoustic presence that some young couples can have within their romantic tributes. There’s a time and a place, and one should certainly learn to keep it well within their pants when away from the confides of their own bedroom, but I’m all in favour of embracing the air of romance that we’re lucky enough to be surrounded by.
“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein
I’m just as bad at it myself – whilst lucky enough to be in the presence of a man who is more than happy to laugh and dance and tickle when cuddled on the train, hand in hand around town or merely picking up dinner in Sainsburys, I spend far too long worrying what everyone else is thinking rather than enjoying the loved up life I’m living. I’m far too conscious of the little old lady sat in the corner who tuts mildly at my overly loud giggling, or the teenage boys making snide remarks when enjoying a cheeky kiss in a cute summer park. If I’m lucky enough to be with someone who wants to show me off, so why should I care what other people think?
“I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.” – Coco Chanel
The art of social media, as always, helps aid the romantic stories that surround us, with Facebook full of pictures of ‘me and the bae’, Twitter documenting every hilarious joke shared between loved ones, and Instagram acting as a crux to solely show off about the latest present their loved one has given them. It’s showing off in its finest format, somehow allowed when presented in a digital form – though PDA tends to get the same reaction online as it does in the crowded tube train; a roll of the eyes and a mission to look at anything else except the blossoming romance.
“Stop looking for love and start showing it.” – Paul Pearsall
Perhaps this is a result of a cynical nation of grumps. Perhaps it’s one of those things thats easier to appreciate when you’re in the situation yourself. Perhaps it’s a typical example of modern life being far too exposed within the public domain. But personally, I think we need some more romance within our lives. A little more love and a heap more happiness to surround our day can only be a good thing. Embrace the love around you and let young love blossom. More PDA please – we’re British.