9 Valentine's Day Statistics That Might Surprise You ...

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9 Valentine's Day Statistics That Might Surprise You ...
9 Valentine's Day Statistics That Might Surprise You ...

When we think of Valentine's Day, most of us imagine a casual, pleasant holiday with greeting cards, parades and lots of lovers exchanging flowers and chocolates. It may be of interest, however, to take a closer look at it through the numbers – some of which may paint a pretty different picture of the famous holiday than most people are accustomed to seeing.

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Battle of the V Day Cards: Men Vs. Women

Probably one of the Valentine's Day statistics that might surprise you the most is the percentage of women sending V Day cards, versus men. Most people would expect men to be much more active in this regard, but the stats say nay: in fact, 85% of all Valentine's Day cards are reportedly bought by women.

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This startling contrast goes beyond mere numbers; it's about the emotional investment in the holiday. Traditionally, women tend to be the curators of sentimental expression within relationships, often taking the initiative to commemorate special occasions. While men do participate, their approach usually leans toward larger, more visible gestures like dinner reservations or gifts. Yet, these quaint paper tokens of affection remain a predominantly female forte, underscoring a delightful paradox of modern-day romance—where the subtler sentiments oft wield the most enduring charm.

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Impractical Gift Rule

According to some surprising Valentine's Day statistics from last year, about 37% of all V Day gifts were flowers, while roughly 19% were candy and chocolate. Practical gifts like electronics or clothing often fall short of being considered important for Valentine's Day celebrations.

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Despite the popularity of tangible items, experiences such as a romantic getaway or a cooking class have been gaining traction, with a notable percentage preferring memories over material goods. This shift reflects a deeper desire for connection and shared experiences which can outlast any bouquet or box of chocolates. Moreover, gift cards, once thought impersonal, saw a spike, with recipients appreciating the flexibility they offer. As the notion of a perfect Valentine's gift evolves, it appears lovebirds are seeking more than just traditional tokens of affection.

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No Valentine's Day – No Relationship

Some of the boys who aren't very fond of V Day may want to rethink their attitude – unless they miss being single. 2014 poll stats show that more than 53% of women who don't receive anything for Valentine's Day are likely to dump their boyfriends.

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No Gifts

More than 18% of all people in a relationship spend a whopping $0.00 on Valentine's Day gifts or cards. What may surprise you even more is that 54% of people asked if they celebrated V Day last year responded with a negative reply.

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Presents for Pets

Both 2013 and 2014 have scored an all-time high in terms of the amount people have spent on gifts for their pets on Valentine's Day. This unlikely statistic brings a lot of our furry friends into the spotlight, as the average amount pet owners have spent for their gifts have exceeded $28 per pet last year.

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Is Romanticism Still Alive?

A surprising Valentine's Day statistic shows that less than 30% of people sending romantic text messages to their SOs actually take the time to write them themselves. At least there are still a few people left still willing to put some effort into their love life, instead of just copying free SMS messages from the internet.

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The Most Expensive Valentine's Day

Official statistics place 2014 as the most expensive year for Valentine's Day yet. Despite fewer people planning to actually do something special compared to previous years, 2014 has gathered an impressive $17.3 billion in anything from cards, small trinkets and flowers, to motorbikes and yachts.

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Boosting Self-Esteem

According to a recent 2015 statistic, about 14% of women buy and send themselves flowers for Valentine's Day, attempting to boost their self-esteem. Although the number has slightly decreased in recent years, it's still considered quite high.

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This statistic sheds light on the importance of self-love and self-care during Valentine's Day, as many women are taking matters into their own hands to feel appreciated and loved. Additionally, studies have shown that practicing self-love and boosting self-esteem can lead to improved mental health and overall well-being. This trend also reflects the changing attitudes towards Valentine's Day, with more emphasis being placed on self-love rather than solely romantic love. It's a reminder that Valentine's Day is not just for couples, but for anyone to celebrate and appreciate themselves.

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Discount Shopping

Finally, this may not come as a shock in an economy that's still rebuilding itself, but more than 40% of all shoppers in 2013 and 2014 have sought out discount stores for their Valentine's Day purchases.

Even though romanticism seems to be suffering and pets may get more attention than people nowadays, Valentine's Day remains one of the most special holidays of the year. Have you heard of any other interesting V Day statistics you might want to share?

Sources:
statista.com
cpcstrategy.com
businessinsider.com
bankrate.com
smallbusiness.yahoo.com
statisticbrain.com
edition.cnn.com

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I love Valentine's Day! 💌💋❤️😘

my boyfriend got me a HUGE bear, roses, chocolates, and a card. and he took me out to breakfast. so happy, he's amazing.

I wasn't actually expecting anything from my boyfriend but he bought me chocolates that were in a bunch, just like flowers and a teddy that said 'You're Sweeter Than Chocolate.' Cutie :P

Wow, only 30% of people write their own messages?! I guess it is easier just to say, "Meow"

I didn't receive anything for v day. In fact he went out with his friends till tomorrow night

My boyfriend surprised me with flowers, chocolate, and movies for today!💟

I told my boyfriend just to get me a card. Apparently that was too hard for him to do I received nothing. I didn't care until now

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