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Boise couple married for 66 years says social media is a little silly, but try it anyway

Therese and George Veasy of Boise have been married for 66 years. When George was in the Army, they wrote love letters to one another every day for a year, an act Therese views that as a thing of the past.(KBOI STAFF PHOTO)

Technology is changing the way people communicate in relationships, and not everyone thinks it is changing for the better.

Therese and George Veasy of Boise have been married for 66 years. When George was in the Army, they wrote love letters to one another every day for a year, an act Therese views that as a thing of the past.

"It takes time to write a letter," said Therese. "They (young people) would view it as a waste of time."

When asked about apps like Snapchat and Tinder, George needed a little updating.

“To be truthful, I have no idea what goes on on those little phones that everyone’s talking about," George said. "They’re always going like this and doing things that, I don’t have any idea what’s going on.”

While this new technology may not have been familiar, they were still open to giving it a try.

Therese and George tested out Snapchat to get a taste of one of the many forms of communication available these days, but said the purpose of it didn't seem to make sense.

"My objection to this is there is no communication between people anymore," said Therese. "They're spending all their time on this instead of talking to each other."

Therese believes dating apps like Tinder are causing people to become less committed in relationships because it constantly allows them to see who is available.

"Being introduced to somebody by friends or family is a much better way to do it," said Therese. "It's more personal because you get more into depth as to who they are and how they feel about things. Just a brief summary of someone swiping, I don't think you can learn much about them that way."

George and Therese shared seven children together and say that sense of humor and spending quality face-to-face time has kept them happy. They hope that younger generations can get off their cell phones and learn the old fashioned way of communicating.

"When our kids were growing up they played outside all day long. There were no smart phones, they were out in the fresh air," said Therese. "We have grandkids now that are on their phones all the time, and that’s typical, it’s not just our grandkids, it's everybody’s! I just think they’re missing a lot."

While rapid technological progression keeps Therese from thinking we can ever return to the love-letter writing days, her relationship with George shows that true commitment is still out there.

"My wife and I have had a great life together and I’d do it again," said George.

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