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Valentine’s Day too materialistic

Valentine’s Day, the day where you either spend it with the one you love, or sulk from bar to bar drinking away your sorrows. This holiday has been traced all the way back to the fifth century, and is supposed to serve as an appreciation day for your significant other. But, is that what Valentine’s Day actually achieves? Why do we dedicate only one day to our better half, instead of the whole year?

This editorial board believes Valentine’s Day is a little superficial and puts pressure on couples to show their love in unnecessary, extravagant ways.

The statistics in regards to Valentine’s Day are staggering. According to statisticbrain.com, in 2013  the overall spending that occurred on Valentine’s Day totaled $13.19 billion. The most shocking statistic is, 53 percent of the women polled for this research stated that they would end their relationship if they did not receive anything for Valentine’s Day. That is an immense amount of pressure to endure when planning Valentine’s Day. Couples should not be pressured into expressing each other’s love for one another. We shouldn’t condense love into one day but express love for one another every day. Why does it have to come in the form of flowers, cards and fancy dinners?  Also, the spontaneous forms of affection on regular days of the week feel more special because there is no ultimatum behind these actions. The motive of these spontaneous forms of affection is not fueled by the shadow that Valentine’s Day casts over everyone; instead it is fueled by genuine desire to please each other.

Along with pressuring couples to conform to the standards of Valentine’s Day, it creates an unnecessary requirement that all people should possess a valentine on Valentine’s Day. People feel as if a valentine is required for this Hallmark holiday, and if they do not have a valentine in their presence, they feel excluded. Valentine’s Day is just another day on the calendar that reminds the single folk that they are single, and most people do not want to be reminded of such a thing. Some people are unlucky when it comes to finding their significant other, and Valentine’s Day is just another reminder of it. On Valentine’s Day, single people tend to sulk in their own misery, while consuming whatever keeps them comfortable, whether it is ice cream or alcohol. This day should not alienate single people, but it does regardless. Single people should not have to be reminded of the fact that they are single, and Valentine’s Day serves such an unintentional purpose.

This editorial board may seem to be shining a negative light on Valentine’s Day, but regardless of our opinion, Valentine’s Day possesses many great qualities. Gift giving is always a special aspect of holidays. Getting someone the right gift that spawns an unforgettable reaction from the other party involved will always be the essence of such holidays, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to inspire such a reaction.

Valentine’s Day is a cute, yet unimportant holiday that needs to be interpreted differently by those involved. Pressure should not be felt when making Valentine’s Day plans because love should be expressed as much as possible. Like mentioned above, love should not be condensed into one day. It should be celebrated every day it is experienced, for both parties involved.

 

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