1. It’s expensive. I’m not cheap, I’m just anti-spending money on unnecessary things. Like grocery store flowers (so tragic), cover charges, and inflated holiday menu prices. Tres gross. It’s great to stop and smell the roses and you should absolutely celebrate the human emotion of love, but doing it on February 14 is kind of trite and always feels forced. And, is it really even a celebration if it’s something you feel obligated to do?
2. You’re damned if you don’t. If you accept the truth of item #1 and attempt to convince your partner of this, you are probably only going to hurt their feelings. No one buys that you “don’t believe in Valentine’s Day” because they instead hear “I don’t believe in spending a lot of time/money on Valentine’s Day while I’m dating you.” This is a no win situation.
3. It sucks to be single. If you are not in a relationship, Valentine’s Day makes it really awkward to date anyone for the first part of the year because you know if you are dating on/around Feb. 14 there is going to be a lot of premature pressure on your “relationship.” If you’re not dating anyone at all, then you just feel like a loser.
4. You have to deal with a lot of “snark.” People who think snark is still relevant will ask you what you are doing for “Singles Awareness Day.” Other people will make jokes about it being a “Hallmark holiday.” Maybe someone else will tell you about the historical inaccuracies of Valentine’s Day. All of these things suck.