Stats Show Valentine's Day is Bad for Your Relationship
For single people without a Valentine's Day date, it's just another night of watching bad cable TV.
However, for poor sods in relationships, Valentines Day is not just another night. It’s a night filled with pressure, expectation, and most commonly, disappointment.
Valentines Day is not a reminder of how much people love and cherish their partners, it’s a reminder of the expectation of having to do something specific to illustrate just how much they love and cherish their partners.
The result? Deep thought into how much they actually do love and cherish their partners.
A 2004 study investigating how Valentine’s Day affects relationships showed that couples were 2.55 times more likely to break up during the weeks leading up to and after Valentine’s Day compared with any other month.
Need more proof of why Valentines Day is bad for relationships? Just last year in 2010, The Canadian Adultery site, Ashley Madison, reported a spike of new registrations from both men and women the day after Valentines Day.
In essence, it's a day where a giant magnifying glass gets placed directly over your relationship. For example, say your partner accidentally leaves their moldy mouth guard on your pillow. If it was sometime in August maybe you’d let it go. But what if it happens Feb.13th? All of a sudden you don’t feel like buying said partner those flowers, because flowers are what you give people who don’t leave their moldy and chewed up mouth guard on other people’s pillows.
Or if you’re noticing you’re not as into your partner at bedtime because clothes off, they're looking like they could use a year or two without carbohydrates? Suddenly that big Valentine’s Day dinner doesn’t seem like such a good idea.
And what about those couples that know they're on the road to splitsville? How awful that a day exists where their lack of love is unable to hide in the banal routine of everyday life.
On the other hand perhaps Valentine’s Day serves an important purpose because it pushes couples to face up to their reality, good or bad.
In that sense Valentine’s Day is not a day for couples to rejoice and single people to wallow in self-pity and regret. Rather it’s a day for single people to have their regular night alone with bad cable TV. While for couples, it’s a night where they have to decide whether a night alone with bad cable TV is a more enticing option than another night with their significant others, moldy mouthguards, bloated bellies and all.