Year by year on the 14th of February couples prepare for their date at the movies, reservation at an expensive restaurant, or any other activity that adheres to societies expectation of what is ‘romantic’ – which isn’t as easy as it used to be.
It goes without saying that you probably won’t find that many couples spending their romantic evening occupying a Chicken Cottage, or gettin’ low on the floor of a dance club that gets more noise complaints than Slayer conducting their band practice at 3am in the middle of Surrey. But nowadays it’s sadly very, very true that simply replying to a text from somebody of the opposite sex has the potential to ruin the entire day.
So is Valentines Day really still perceived as the most romantic day of the year? Or is it now recognised as the unmitigated opportunity to boost consumerism with the weight of societies expectations? That’s what I thought. As if it hasn’t been in the back of our minds for years already – it is more than ever becoming impossible to ignore the exceptional ability of many companies to relate the most abstract commodities to the holiday in order to boost profit.
According to The Guardian the total Valentines Day spending worldwide in 2012 was more than $17bn, but another more interesting statistic according to Avvo is that there is an approximate 40% increase in requests for divorce lawyers around mid-February each year. Coincidence? This suggests, or maybe even confirms the idea (especially of those who embrace a more Anti-Valentines Day mindset) that money can’t buy love.
So what does it buy? It appears that the 14th of February demands an unavoidable chain of spending. Even for those desperately trying to avoid the ordeal all together – a certain amount of spending is still in order, just with fewer obligations, and a less predictable market; think pizza, ice cream and DVDs rather than flowers, teddy bears and gift cards. Is there no way to escape? Perhaps it’s just best to accept that the majority of us will have empty wallets on this day.
For us single girls specifically, it’s safe to bet that Valentines Day will most likely consist of a frightfully similar version of one of the following. A) remaining alone, consuming our own body weight in Ben and Jerry’s, and watching re-runs of cheesy TV series that we know deep down, we wouldn’t subject ourselves to at any other time of the year, and we’re still not quite sure why this particular day makes it appropriate – or B) inviting the gal-pals over to celebrate being independent women who ‘don’t need no men’, but somehow concluding the night surrounded by empty pizza, and tissue boxes, bawling our eyes out over the agonizing realization that Noah Calhoun from The Notebook doesn’t exist in real life.
To put it in simpler terms – the 14th of February is basically a night full of sobering reminders of the reasons why we aren’t on a date right now.
But let’s not forget the men. Basically, for boyfriends, husbands and significant others, Valentines Day is one of the only days in the year that even if his girlfriend backs his brand new BMW 3 series into a telephone pole that very morning; he is still expected to shower her with gifts. Go figure?
So after thinking long and hard about the very limited number of things that are actually likeable about this day, I would have to argue that the best thing about Valentines Day is in fact the marked down chocolate prices on the 15th. If, like me, you are single this Valentines day, rather than sitting around feeling sorry for yourself (which we all know you have scheduled in your diary, don’t worry, we’re all friends here) I would encourage you to get online and read some Valentines horror stories about dates gone wrong – trust me, being single isn’t so bad.
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