Everything That’s Wrong with Valentine’s Day



The time has come for 70 percent off chocolate in heart-shaped boxes of pink and red. This is the sure sign that Valentine’s Day has come and gone for another year, and there are many people who couldn’t be happier about that.

What are your thoughts on Valentine’s Day? Asking this question gets several different responses, especially when posed to college students. Most responses involve something along the lines of hating the holiday, thinking it is stupid, or not understanding why so much pressure is associated with it.

“It is a dumb holiday that forces a belief that couples or significant others need to be nice, and only nice, on February 14th,” Brittany Hodge, ’17, said. “In reality, couples should be romantic and loving every day of the year, not just on February 14th. Love shouldn’t be restricted to just one day.”

Alyssa Johnson, ’17, said she likes this holiday, but takes a different approach to it.

“I like Valentine’s Day, and I think it should be a special day to spend with people you care about, single or taken,” she said. “However, it should not be the only time for a special event to be done for the significant other. Little gestures every now and then carry so much more meaning than chocolate and flowers once a year.”

Why is so much pressure put on this one day? People expect chocolate, flowers, stuffed animals and jewelry, and without receiving those things, the day is viewed as a failure.

In today’s society, businesses often take advantage of the consumerism of the holiday. Every year, marketers think of new ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day, like giving your significant other a bouquet of ketchup-flavored Doritos.

Is this the true meaning of Valentine’s Day? There is not a difference between Feb. 14, Sept. 20, or May 6. Love should be constant. People should express their love for significant others every day that they are together, not just one single day.

Karley Long, ’18, agrees with this idea: “Every day of the year is a reason to tell someone you love them, not just on Valentine’s Day. You should go out of your way for your loved ones all the time, instead of once every 365 days.”

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