By Lydia Cope
Valentine’s Day is a day full of chocolates, romance, love, and stigma. The stigma involves singles who are spending Valentine’s day alone, which unfortunately make many people feel isolated. However, many people break this dogmatic myth by having fun with friends and hosting parties. Valentine’s Day is a day for everyone to show how much they care about one another. You don’t have to be in a relationship to be happy on Valentine’s Day. Singles should be able to celebrate this holiday without “that special someone” in their life. You can still celebrate love with those close to you.
If you’re feeling down about being single on Valentine’s Day, cheer up. According to Deseret News, 45.2 percent of Americans are single and in the same situation.
Many people actually find themselves single right before, or on Valentine’s Day. According to ABC News, many people start relationships around Christmas time, but those relationships often end due to the pressure of Valentine’s Day. Another Valentine’s Day myth is that married couples spend Valentine’s day in love, but over 50 percent of marriages end in divorce.
While Valentine’s Day is supposed to be centered around love it is actually one of the most common days to break up, so being with friends and family is may be statistically smarter than being with a loved one.
Additionally, according to Quartz, the average American consumer spends about $136.57 on chocolates, flowers, dinner, cards and candy for Valentine’s Day. But this holiday should be centered around the ones you love, not how much money is spent. Spending quality time may be worth even more than materialistic gifts.
People should be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day however they want; if they want to celebrate friendships or pets or anything outside of the realm of typical romantic relationship, that is okay and could be a lot more fun. While many people argue that they want to show how much they appreciate their loved ones by giving gifts, many people feel the same way, about their pets. Fortunately for us, according to Quarts, 21 percent of Americans are planning to spend money on their pets for Valentines day. Spending 18.9 billion on pets may be extreme, so maybe some of that money could be spent on friends and family.
While some might think that opening up Valentine’s Day to all forms of love (not just romantic boyfriend/girlfriend love) will compromises the original meaning of the holiday. If singles don’t want to spend Valentine’s Day alone, then host a party! Stay in and have a relaxing Netflix binge watching and host an “anti-Valentine’s Day party.”
Many people think that Valentine’s Day is for couples only, but it doesn’t have to be.
Elementary school Valentine’s parties were always a blast and no romance was present.
Friendships deserve to be celebrated, too, and what better day than Valentine’s Day?
There’s no need to be lonely on Valentine’s Day.