Last year, Aleks Degtyarev spent $6,000 at Flower District-based rose-delivery service, Ode à la Rose, to propose to his girlfriend of three-plus years, Lulu.There are a variety of other anecdotes at the link. You don’t have to be a proponent of romantic countersignaling, or a member of Kakuhidou, to think this is overall counterproductive.
“I wanted 1,114 roses,” says Degtyarev, a 33-year-old from Bay Ridge. “A rose for every day we knew each other.”
A friend helped him strew the thousand-plus loose stems across a Montauk bluff.
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Editor of the New York Times Book Review Pamela Paul’s recent column“How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by changing some words to their opposite, or at least giving them a very different gist than they initially had. With Facebook, "to friend" has become a verb, and yet to do so, in the social-media sense, is a fairly passive act, Paul said. In real life, when a friendship ruptures, it’s a major event. But just as it’s easy to start a Facebook relationship, it’s virtually effort-free to end one. The personal investment on either side of “unfriending” somebody is infinitely lower than offline. “The whole concept of what it is to make a friend has shifted,” she explained Facebook Dislikes