Let’s face it: Valentine’s Day might actually be the worst . All the gifts, flowers, candies, and expensive meals add up and at the end of it all, you’re often left feeling the holiday didn’t live up to your high expectations. Even if you aren’t single on the holiday that celebrates love and relationships, Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is just a chance for companies to take advantage of you and your partner.
Here are five reasons why Valentine’s Day is the absolute worst.
5) There’s pressure to spend tons of money on cards, gifts, flowers, and candy.
Showing up empty-handed for a date doesn’t seem like an option for many people in relationships.
According to a survey done by the National Retail Federation, people are expecting to spend an average of $161.96 on Valentine’s Day for their significant others, children, parents, friends, and coworkers.
And if you’re a man, you’re likely to spend even more money. The survey found men are planning on spending $229.54, while women are planning to spend $97.77.
4) There are high expectations for the night to be perfect, which is actually more likely to harm your relationship than help it
It’s hard for a single night to live up to such high expectations. There are lots of high expectations around Valentine’s Day for couples, from the perfect gifts and the fanciest dinner to the notion of everlasting love and romance. That’s a lot of pressure for two people on just one day of the year. All that pressure on relationships during Valentine’s Day can actually harm relationships, even leading to breakups. A study tracking Facebook breakup statuses found that couples tend to break up more often after Valentine’s Day.
3 ) Valentine’s Day encourages comparison, which isn’t good for anyone
It’s easy to compare your relationship to other people’s but it’s not healthy.
As pictures of happy couples flood your social media page on Valentine’s Day, it can be easy to question your own relationship. You might start to wonder how your relationship compares to these seemingly picture-perfect ones. This mentality, however, can be both destructive and misleading.
2) Though Valentine’s Day is all about love, it actually leaves people out.
Valentine’s Day doesn’t acknowledge single people. Even though the day is supposedly all about love, it’s really just about romantic relationships, which leaves out single people — and there are a lot of single people.
According to CNN, 47.3% of the population in the US in 2016 who were 18 or older were single (divorced, widowed, separated, or never married), or around 115.78 million people.
1) It’s actually a very wasteful holiday
The bouquets given out on Valentine’s Day could be harming the environment. Further, the industry behind the more modest gift of flowers has negative environmental implications, according to the World Resources Institute.
Plus, think of all the cards and candy in plastic packaging that are purchased around Valentine’s Day that eventually just end up in the trash.