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August is National Romance Awareness Month - Who's the Most Romantic?

Romance Awareness Month
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It's back! National Romance Awareness Month is taking place the entire month of August. Just how romantic are you?

Online dating site Zoosk conducted a survey of 1500 of their single members. It should come to no surprise that women are more romantic than men with 81% of the ladies being a hopeful romantic.

In this just released survey, 73% of men and 80% of women are unsatisfied with the amount of romance in their lives.

How can singles ramp up their romance during the month of August?

Of those surveyed, the following findings are now revealed:

  • 34% lf singles find it most romantic when their date plans a surprise activity for their first date.
  • 27% like to hold hands on a first date.
  • 25% enjoy it when their date leans in for a kiss on a first date.
  • 15% of singles think it's romantic when their date dresses up for the occasion.

While I believe it's important to date your mate, get out your calendars, as over half of the singles would like to go on a romantic date at least once a week.

In 5 Ways to Date Your Mate, I recommended the following dating rituals:

1. Create a Date Night Every Week. Select a day that you know will not be pre-empted by the NBA playoffs or a mahjong game and stick to it.

2. Take Turns on Creating Your Date. Alternate each week as to who selects the outing. Get creative. It can be as simple as dining in by candlelight, to finding events to attend such as comedy shows, movies, plays, or concerts.

3. Pre-Date Night Foreplay. Show some enthusiasm and excitement the day before your date. Leave a love note on your pillow or send a sexy text message in anticipation of your special night. Take out the lingerie that has been collecting dust in your bureau.

4. Memorialize It. Be your own love historian. Bring a camera or Flip video along and take photos of you and your sweetheart at different locations. Upload them to your photo sharing account on Flickr® from Yahoo! or on Google's Picasa™ Web Albums. Upload your favorite shot onto your desktop for quick viewing.

5. Leave the Board Room Behind. If you have had a bad day at work or a presentation with a tight deadline, keep these conversations away from your date night. There's plenty of time to talk about work outside of your sacred evening. Romance requires nurturing and consistency.

The simple ritual of creating a date night can help you become as excited as you did during the first three months of dating, and can last for decades, if you want it to.

What types of romantic dates would you like to add to your date card?

Your comments are welcome.

Julie Spira is an online dating expert and founder of CyberDatingExpert.com. Julie was an early adopter of Internet dating and creates irresistible profiles for singles on the dating scene. She's the author of the bestseller, The Perils of Cyber-Dating: Confessions of a Hopeful Romantic Looking for Love Online. For online dating advice, sign up for the free Weekly Flirt and follow @JulieSpira on Twitter.