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Our View: Taking the pressure out of Valentine's Day

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:02

Flowers, chocolate and romantic dinners have been at the forefront of many couple’s minds since the buzz of Valentine’s Day began.

As the day gets closer, students, single or not, are being bombarded with flower commercials and signs of romance.

Even the school website boasts the feature “I met my mate at A-State” on its homepage, where alumni share stories of meeting their spouse on campus.

Valentine’s Day has been polarized between the blissfully in love and the blissfully single.

Some people in relationships may feel pity for those who couldn’t find a date.

Moreover, those who are single may tend to judge couples, searching social media to find a reason why they cannot possibly be as happy as they claim.

Both groups of people have different motives, but overall, the cause is the same.

Commercialization of Valentine’s Day has in no way gone down over recent years.

The day after Christmas, stores can be seen immediately changing theme colors to red and pink.

The plan is for couples to feel pressured to buy something for their significant other.

And for those who are single, businesses use hearts to pressure them to find someone to buy chocolate and flowers for.

Both sets of people feel the heat, but not the warmth of love, as originally intended for Valentine’s Day.

It is understandable that the constant pressure to find a Valentine can easily annoy those who are single.

And it is also easy to see why those in relationships grow tired of emptying their wallets for overpriced mementos that will die or be eaten within a few days.

But when taking a step back, is it really a good thing for someone to look down upon somebody else simply because of his or her place in life?
Valentine’s Day should not be the day to lament the fact that someone is single.

In the same way it should also not be a time for those who are in a relationship to feel pressured to win over their significant other by spending a ridiculous amount of money.

Those who are single should not look down on couples, and vice versa.

It is time to take the pressure out of Valentine’s Day.

In the end, it’s not about how you spend Feb. 14. It’s about how much you’ll be able to spend on discounted candy on Feb. 15.

“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration  at A-State.

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