In this digital age, it’s easy to assume that the days of old-fashioned ‘courting’ are long gone.
Nobody writes letters anymore. It’s all about swiping left or right, knowing he’s seen your message because ‘there are two blue ticks’ and agonising over how long to leave before you reply.
But one young man decided to inject a bit of creativity – and a lot of effort – into his offer of a date to a girl.
Naomi Lucking, a student at the University of Southampton, was sitting in the library when a man came over and gave her a note.
He had gone to the trouble of drawing out an iPhone screen displaying a new WhatsApp notification – and had also sketched out the ‘conversation’ on the inside of the note asking her to go for a coffee.
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Naomi posted a photo of the message on her Twitter account – where it has since been shared over 30,000 times – along with the caption: “Some guy in the library gave me this and it was the most awkward experience of my life. 10/10 for creativity though”
Alfonso told the BBC : “I wasn’t supposed to talk to someone because it was a quiet room, so I thought about doing something creative.
“I really wanted to do it in an original way. She was using her phone and I thought she can pay attention to this and not to her phone.”
So detailed is the drawing, it includes signal strength, a wifi logo, a timestamp (which changes when you ‘open’ the conversation) and even its battery life, also changing between ‘screens’.
@emilydissx I just laughed and said ‘actually he’s 6ft3’, he looked so crushed
— Naomi (@naomilucking) November 17, 2015
The note also included a choice of response for Naomi to select – either agreeing to the offer of coffee or saying “No thanks! I have a 7ft tall boyfriend”
Sadly, the romantic’s efforts were fruitless. Naomi tweeted: “I just laughed and said ‘actually he’s 6ft3’, he looked so crushed.”
But it’s not all bad news for Alfonso. According to the BBC, he has received lots of offers from female suitors since Naomi posted the picture with his mobile number online.
He told them that the reaction to his note has been “a really great experience.”
All’s well that ends well.