Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. That’s right; Valentine’s Day is approaching like a tornado of chocolates and roses and broken dreams and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day, and I’m guessing you clicked on this article because you aren’t a fan either. So whether you’re in a relationship or not, let’s fester in delicious disdain and go through a list of 11 reasons why Valentine’s Day sucks.
Reasons why Valentine’s Day sucks for single people:
1. Even if you aren’t bitter about being single, you can’t help but sound a little like you are.
There is something about the words ‘I’m fine with being single’ that say the exact opposite. And the more you try to establish just how ‘fine’ you are, the worse it gets. (Genuinely, I’m FINE with being single!)
2. Pressure to not be alone (even if you want to be)
Any other Sunday night and I would be fine with staying in, putting on my pyjamas and catching up on some tv by myself. But come Valentine’s Day, I can’t shake the annoying feeling that something just isn’t right with that picture…
3. Friends in relationships
We don’t need your pity. We’re FINE with being single - honest! And please don’t bore us with the details of your special plans – we aren’t interested and don’t care.
Reasons why Valentine’s Day sucks for people in relationships:
February 14th may not actually have any bearing on your relationship, but you may feel the need to be extra attracted to each other on that day anyway.
2. Competition and pressure
People in relationships may feel obligated to buy expensive love tokens and try to predict what their partner is going to get and whether it’s ‘better’ than what they have bought.
3. Single friends
Some single people get quite angsty around Valentine's day. They may suddenly lose interest in friendship in the run up to the special day, or have only mean things to say about your plans with your bf/gf. Even if you decide to skip it, there's no winning - they'll have you believing that your boyfriend/girlfriend is cheap or unromantic.
Reasons why Valentine’s Day sucks for everyone:
Love is, in essence, a formless metaphysical concept. But thanks to capitalism, it now takes the form of whatever a retailer wants to sell you – like this casserole tin, listed under ‘Top Gifts for Her’ at John Lewis. (I kid you not)
2. SO MUCH PINK AND RED
(I hate pink and red)
3. Queue the Girls/Lads night out posts on social media
We get it. You’re single and you aren’t bitter about it and you are going to go out and have lots of single people fun. Woohoo.
4. When were you born?
If you were born in or around the second/third weeks of November, chances are you were conceived on or around Valentine’s Day. Their conception is something no child on this earth should have to think about. Sorry that you are now thinking about your conception. Blame Valentine’s Day.
5. Environmental pressures
On a more serious note: did you know that 70% of the roses sold in the UK market come from Kenya? The demand for roses is putting a strain on the environment both in terms of air miles and production over there. A single rose stem requires 10 litres of fresh water to reach its full size - that’s a heck of a lot, especially if you take into consideration Kenya’s precarious water situation. AND - the gold mining necessary to make all those delightful (cough) items of jewellery people love giving each other can be extremely harmful to the environment as well, with river pollution and child labour often an unfortunate consequence of the demand for gold.
6. QUESTIONABLE ORIGINS
Everyone has an opinion on where Valentine's Day actually comes from - here are some of the earliest known facts about it's origins:
Way way back in Ancient Rome (BC), a festival called Lupercalia took place on the 13th, 14th and 15th February. The festival involved young men stripping butt naked and spanking ladies bottoms with goat or dog skin whips in order to improve their fertility.
In AD, (circa 197 - 1,819 years ago!) a man named Valentine of Terni was martyred for being a Christian on a day that may have been the 14th of February; he was imprisoned, tortured and beheaded for his beliefs.
So yeah, lets all celebrate beheading and naked dog skin whipping for fertility.
What's your least favourite thing about Valentine's Day? Comment and let us know, or tweet us @StudentHutUK and lets be grumpy together.