A new study by Bird & Blend Tea Co. has revealed the 10 signs that prove true romance isn’t dead in the modern age.

2,014 Brits were asked what the true signs of a romantic in today’s world are, and making your partner a cup of tea topped the list with 55% saying this beats having a picture of their other half as a screensaver (44%).

Sharing a password to Netflix came in at number 9 in the list with 16% of those surveyed choosing this as a sign of romance, closely ahead of letting a partner choose the Deliveroo order at 12%.

To celebrate tea featuring as the number 1 in the true romance stakes, Bird & Blend Tea invite customers in for free sweet treats, including samples of Love Hearts Tea and Swizzels Love Hearts sweets which will be available with every purchase of the limited edition drink special ‘Love Hearts on Ice,’ in the run up to Valentine’s Day at all stores across the UK.

The ten true romance signs in full, as chosen by Brits aged 18+;


  1. Making your partner a cup of tea in bed – 55%
  2. Having a pic of your other half as your screensaver – 44%
  3. Having a pet name for your partner – 39%
  4. Not watching your partners favourite TV show without them – 35%
  5. Deleting all your dating apps – 22%
  6. Never posting a picture of your partner without asking them first – 20%
  7. Not sliding into the DMs of anyone else – 20%
  8. Laughing and liking all your partner Insta memes and reels – 20%
  9. Giving your partner your Netflix password – 16%
  10. Letting them choose the Deliveroo – 12%

In at number 3, having a pet name for each other (39 percent) and not watching your favourite show without you (35 percent), at number 4 are also considered a show of affection.

A quarter (22 percent) think it’s romantic when a partner deletes all their dating apps, while one in five (20 percent) love it when their partner asks them before posting a picture to their social media feeds. 

Not sliding into anyone else’s private messages (20 percent), always liking your Insta memes and reels (20 percent) and sharing a Netflix password (16 percent) were also seen as romantic.


In contrast, getting a tattoo of your name (43 percent), serenading you (36 percent), writing poetry (32 percent) and decorating the bed with petals (29 percent) were all deemed old fashioned ways of showing your romantic side.

One in four (24 percent) said that sending love letters gave them the ick, while 19 percent were turned off when their other half wanted to spend hours talking on the phone.

86 percent of the nation think that it’s a shame that old school romantic gestures, like writing a love letter or giving flowers, are not in fashion anymore, with 72 percent believing old school romantic gestures will eventually make a comeback.

Bird & Blend Tea Co. stores participating in the Love Hearts Valentine’s Day activity:

Brighton Beach, Brighton North Laine, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds, London Angel, London Borough, London Portobello, Manchester, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Worthing, York.

*Gift with purchase, Love Hearts sweets, whilst stocks last

Research of 2,000 Britons was commissioned by Bird and Blend Tea and was conducted by Perspectus Global in January 2024.