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10/03/2015 13:36 GMT | Updated 10/05/2015 06:59 BST

Why I'm Sick and Tired of YouTube Proposals and Romantic Flashmobs

If a man ever proposed to me using a flashmob or choreographed a 'surprise' wedding dance with his mates to go on YouTube, I would break up with him on the spot.

Not that there's much chance of that happening any time soon, because I am, believe it or not, single. I hasten add, in that instinctively defensive tone singletons adopt to talk about love, that it is out of choice.

But still, it's probably safe to say that at some point in my lifetime someone will propose to me - or I will propose to them (go, feminism!) - and when that happens there better not be an iPhone, a barbershop quartet or a single jazz hand in sight.

Nowadays people aren't content enough by sharing their relationships with hundreds of Facebook "friends" they barely know, today they want their relationships to go viral.

People treat romantic gestures like Instagram posts. In the same way that I beam when more than 30 people like a photo of my brunch, these lovesick puppies get off on people "awwing" at their relationships.

Of course there's no denying that these stories are a hit with a lot of readers. They form some of the best performing articles on our Dating & Relationships section, whether I like them or not - it's "not", if you hadn't guessed already.

And it's easy to see why these stories are such a hit. In an age when most of our newsfeeds are filled with doom and gloom, it's nice to get a bit of good news or humour to lighten the mood.

Still, there's part of me that feels that something has been lost in this rush to upload nuptials and love letters. Something real, unfiltered and unedited.

Are people starting to plan their gestures around what will appeal most to the rest of the world instead of the person they're supposed to be in love with? Are people expecting big flashmobs and media interviews only to be disappointed with a meal at a local restaurant and a typical down-on-one-knee gesture?

Online expressions of adoration are becoming the new coveted Hollywood love story. And, in reality, the love people have off screen, with it's ups and downs, is what's really worth focussing energy on.

It's not all gushing love stories though: for every man proposing to his girlfriend every day for a year, there's another offering his ex's round-the-world plane ticket to a stranger with the same name.

I used to think it was over the top for people to post their relationship status on Facebook. Not because everyone can stalk your partner's uni photos from 2006, but because we all know what happens when you break up... someone has to change the relationship status to single. And nothing rubs salt in the wound more than that little broken heart icon.

Because, without wanting to sound like a single hater, lots of relationships fail. And if I had a YouTube video for every relationship I'd been in, immortalised on the internet and across online media, it'd be a million times more difficult to mend, move on and find someone better.