HANNAH'S HOT TOPICS: Why Valentine's Day sucks
Hannah Schau is a sophomore journalism major and writes "Hannah's Hot Topics" for the Daily News. Her views do not necessarily agree with those of the newspaper. Write to Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it is nearly impossible to walk into a store and not see flowers, chocolates and abnormally large stuffed animals. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, Valentine’s Day can be dreadful. Most people either love it or hate it.
If you love it you get teased, and if you hate it, then you’re just bitter. As you can probably tell by the title, I hate it; and here’s why.
Nowadays with social media and everyone seeing what you’re doing there’s a lot of pressure on what will go down on Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, you feel obligated to find a date, even if it’s just for this one particular day.
If you can’t and you end up alone that only makes you feel bad about yourself. And if you’re in a relationship you feel obligated to buy each other gifts, even if you’re a broke college student who can barely afford ramen noodles on the regular.
The gift selections are so ridiculous too. For example, the abnormally large $40 teddy bear: where are you going to find space to put that? In your tiny dorm room or one-bedroom apartment?
If you’re a girl buying for a guy, it’s literally the hardest thing ever. I highly doubt the guy you’re with will want a dozen roses and a heart-shaped box of chocolates.
Going out can also be a nightmare. The restaurants are packed and the movie theaters are most likely playing new movies with the same sappy story line. Even if you do want to be brave and leave your house, is it really worth it to put up with all that PDA? Probably not. Tip: Olive Garden has take out.
Valentine’s Day has also gotten way too complicated. What do you do if you’ve been in a relationship for just a short amount of time? What if you’re not on the same page with where you are in the relationship? What about friends with benefits? No one knows.
Does anyone else miss the days of handing out little cards with your favorite cartoon characters on them in first grade? Those were much more simpler times.
Now we have to pick out cheesy, overpriced cards that will only make Hallmark way too much money.
Another issue: the pink and red color combination. Enough said.
The bottom line is, a holiday that was intended to celebrate a saint is used to have people display their love even more to their significant other. Besides, shouldn’t we be showing our love to each other every day of the year?