Can Valentine’s Day still feel love?

Valentine’s Day is known as the day of love for many in America. The flowers, chocolates and nights out add up to a great day of romance. Even though, is Valentine’s Day really the same as it once was?
Valentine’s Day has become more of a spending venture than a day of romance. Consumers make up 51% of the U.S. population on this holiday, spending an estimated $20.7 billion. Each spender is also estimated to spend, on average, from $162 to $279. While in a survey of 1,000 people, studies found that one fifth of the people surveyed expected their partner to spend utmost to $500. Not only this, but 53% percent of relationships end if Valentine’s Day is not properly celebrated. This perpetuates the idea that you have to spend your money and celebrate with your partner is reinforced even more. These absurd prices place a monetary value on Valentine’s Day when it should just be a day to show your affection to the ones you care about.
Ignoring issues money brings to Valentine’s Day, people tend to focus on the fact that Valentine’s Day simply isn’t as big of a deal nowadays. Ten years ago, over 60 percent of the U.S. population would participate in Valentine’s Day, but as of 2019, that number has decreased by just over half. People are becoming less and less likely to shill out a lot of money for a cliche teddy bear and some crappy chocolates.
Valentine’s Day has become an empty holiday that no longer gives off that feeling of love. 40% of the American population does not even want the holiday in the first place. Valentine’s Day is slowly losing meaning as the years continue on and will eventually mean nothing except another holiday meant to sell merchandise and take a chunk of your most recent paycheck.