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Valentine’s Day: is it for love or social media popularity?

Emily argues that Valentine's Day should be more than sharing your love on social media

Written by Emily Garber and posted in opinion

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you know what that means! Endless pink (which if you're like me you love), heart shaped chocolates, and advertisements to get that perfect gift for your significant other. But it also means excessive Instagram and Facebook posts, pictures of couples with soppy captions and bragging about their gifts. People around the globe celebrate Valentine's Day every year, but do we actually know where it originated? Why do we give flowers, greeting cards, chocolates, and expensive gifts?

Legend has it that Saint Valentine fell in love with his jailer's daughter, and before he was executed he signed a card to her, "Your Valentine", which is why "Valentine" is romanticised. But it wasn't until the 14th century in England that lovers expressed their love for one another through flowers, greeting cards, and candy.

Today, it feels like couples are not celebrating their love for one another on Valentine's Day; instead, they are celebrating their love for social media. They are in competition with their followers to see who can buy the best gift and go to the fanciest restaurant just so they can get the most likes on Instagram and Facebook. If they were really celebrating their love for each other, they would stay off of their phones and have a day where they are unconnected from the outside world to focus on each other.

We're all a sucker for a good Instagram photo, but couples, do us all a favour this Valentine's Day and stay away from social media. We already know you got the biggest box of chocolates and the biggest stuffed animal.

To those of us who are lucky enough to not have the pressure to post the best social media photo and buy the best gifts, here are some tips for a fun and single Valentine's Day:

  • Take care of your mind and body.
  • Finish that book.
  • Go on a walk and get lost.
  • Have a movie night with your dogs, cats, and friends.
  • Cook yourself a homemade meal.

Whether you are spending Valentine's Day with your significant other, your phone, or alone, have a happy Valentine's Day!

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Published January 30th, 2017
Last updated February 15th, 2017
Tags valentine's day opinion social media
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