Why Valentine’s Day is Awful

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Before I begin, I would like to say that this article only discusses heterosexual couples, but that does not mean that this is the only type of relationship that exists, nor should anyone think that. Also, I am not a crazy person who hates seeing other people happy, because this article might mistake you to assuming that. I would merely like to point out the reasons why Valentine’s Day is an emotionally draining and wasteful holiday.

Firstly, there is a ridiculous amount of pressure on the men in a relationship to make the day perfect. If a guy does not give a girl a good gift or take her out to a nice restaurant, he is considered cheap and apathetic. On this day especially, love is expressed with a gift, and girls often become jealous if someone else’s boyfriend gives them a better present. It seems that the amount of money spent on a gift represents how someone loves you. Roses and chocolates don’t exactly make the cut these days because everything has to be more expensive. In the upcoming weeks until Valentine’s Day, 34 million tons of mine waste is used to make gold jewelry. The holiday is extremely commercial, which makes the whole ordeal very unattractive.

On the other side of the spectrum, if you are without a partner, going out for a “girl’s night” or “guy’s night” looks extremely cliché and media has made this seem like a pity party, making the group look like a bunch of losers. Society tells us that there is nothing worse than being alone on Valentine’s Day, which shames people and adds even more to their insecurities. A barrier of jealousy ruminates for people wishing they were in a relationship when couples post pictures of them celebrating Valentine’s Day. I have also noticed that most romantic gestures on this day are deemed better if they are more elaborate. Again, this usually puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on the male.

The problem, as you can see, is that you are doomed if you are in a relationship, and doomed if you are not. This celebration of love seems to have turned into a commercial, chaotic and unpleasant holiday. If the holiday was just plainly about love, it would be a different situation, but in this era, on Valentine’s Day, it has turned into a materialistic obsession.

 

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Why Valentine’s Day is Awful