Seven Great Reasons to Stay In and Watch a Movie with Your Date


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A good film can make you laugh, cry, jump out your seat, or cuddle up a little closer to your date. Dating expert Sasha Wowesny told eHarmony why she thinks that home cinema may be the new going out.

Let’s face it, we’re more connected to our electronic devices these days than ever before. Not a moment goes by that we’re not transfixed to a screen of some sort – our computer, our phones, our TVs. In fact, last week 57,853 people tweeted that they were smitten with their TV – that’s more than double the amount of light bulbs on the Eiffel Tower!

Recently our TV experience has transformed; no longer are we sitting around a small box with flickering reception. If we want to see a film in full HD, big screen, 3D, curved gloriousness, all we have to do is flip the switch on our TV. And that’s why, taking a date home to watch a film may be the new going to the cinema.

Here are my reasons why staying in is the new going out!

1. Cost – first and foremost this is the most obvious choice as to why it’s better to stay at home with your date. As we’re all counting our pennies a little more closely at the moment, inviting your date over for a movie is a great choice! If you’re in Central London cinema tickets can be close to £20.00 each, plus popcorn, drinks and some sweets – you’re looking at a costly evening just to see a film! And there isn’t even a lot of difference between your TV screen and the cinema screen. There are now plenty of TVs that will provide the HD picture quality of the movie cinema. And you can also become immersed in the film with both 3D TVs and curved TVs. Size isn’t also a big deal as some TVs come as big as 85”! So really, what does the cinema have that your front room doesn’t?

2. Hassle free- No more buying tickets online and inadvertently signing up to junk newsletters from your cinema, standing in long queues for payment or collection, and then joining a longer queue for popcorn and a Coke. And that’s only while you’re at the cinema! What about being stuck in traffic, or when the local public transport has severe delays and you have that awkward call with your date to apologise for being late? Watching a film at home has no queues, no broken-down lorries in your way; just tap of your remote, or with some TVs you just need to speak, and you’re set.

3. More intimate – Inviting your date over to your home gives you a chance for them to get to know you even better. As I mentioned in my previous blog when you invite someone to your home, you’re allowing them to see more of who you are and how you live. It’s a great way to get to know someone more intimately and fast-tracks your decision of whether you see longevity in the relationship or not.

4. PDA’s allowed – Overtly public displays of affection anywhere, cinema included, are met with frowns and distaste. You’re less likely to go in for that kiss in the stiff cinema seat than you are in the comfort of your own home.

5. Variety – If you take a date to the cinema you’re restricted by what is currently showing, and this might not suit either of your tastes. When you watch something at home that’s not the case. Smart TVs are equipped with a variety of on demand providers, like 4OD and BBC iPlayer, so you can both catch up on those shows you know you both like. Or there are those that have streaming services, like Netflix, so you can introduce your date to your favourite show or movie at the click of a button.

6. More control – At the cinema, we are transfixed to a screen for at least an hour and half (normally longer these days) in a darkened room with no break in between. This gives you no option to talk to your date, which is silly because talking and getting to know your date is what dating is all about! At home, you can pause, rewind, or fast forward at your own leisure which allows for unrestricted discussion between the two of you. Also if one of you is a bit too chatty, you can put the subtitles on.

7. What happens after the credits – Going to the cinema will have a definite end point. The film ends, everyone rises from their seats, gets in their car and goes their separate ways. You could be bold enough to ask your date to come home with you, but this is always a presumptuous and risky move. At home, once the film ends you are bound by nothing. You have the time and comfort to talk, or you could suggest watching another film, or play a board game, or have dessert. Whatever option you choose, at home the date doesn’t end when the film does and the longer we can spend with our date, the better!

Let’s harness the power of our electronic devices in dating to make our dating experience more seamless and a lot more fun! And if your TV doesn’t make you feel like you’re sitting in an iMax.

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