5 Trends Valentine's Day Statistics Say About Couples

5 Trends Valentine's Day Statistics Say About Couples

Consumer spending and shopping habits show some surprising trends on Valentine's Day.
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1. Cards for women, flowers for men

Men might be spending more, but women are buying all the cards. 85% of cards are bought by women. It’s second only to Christmas in its card-sending power. So, don’t be surprised when your female bestie, mom, or girlfriend gets you one. It’s statistics. And the men are the ones buying all the flowers, 73%. (Psst, also, 15% of women send themselves flowers! But we won’t tell).

2. Make it or break it

Valentine’s is a huge holiday. Over 54% of consumers celebrate it. And if you don’t, you might need to find a new girlfriend. 53% of women said they’d end their relationship if they didn’t get something. And if you did get her something, beware: 11,000 babies are conceived on February 14th every year, which doesn't include the 6 million couples that plan to pop the question. You might be making your relationship more permanent!

3. Singles be Tindering

There are roughly 105 million singles over 18 in America according to the Census Bureau. And there are more single women (53%) than men (47%). What’s a girl to do with a market that competitive? Tinder it up. Tinder saw an increase in traffic by 7.6% last Valentine’s. It’s never too late to get a date.

4. Men pick up the tab

What was once a religious holiday has become commercialized. The National Retail Federation says Valentine’s is a $19.7 billion industry. And, unsurprisingly, men spend more on Valentine’s Day than women. However, they spend nearly 50% more. The holiday costs the average man $130. According to Bank Rate, a box of chocolates is $15, diamond earrings are $300, a dozen roses costs $40, and a dinner for two averages $80, with champagne coming in around $50 a bottle. So even if he gets her roses and dinner, that’s $120.

5. It’s modernizing

A Lindt Chocolates survey found men who would once have sent cards now prefer to declare their love by text message or email. About 29% of people will receive a romantic text. That's not surprising since our phones are everything. However, gallantry is also dying.

Two-thirds of women expect to share the cost of their Valentine's Day dinner out. But some are taking it even further; more couples are opting not to buy each other gifts or even celebrate. This is the fourth year in a row Valentine’s Day participants are in decline. I guess spending loads of money on a Hallmark holiday isn't as romantic in the modern age. Couples would rather spend quality time together.

If you’re in a relationship with a woman, make sure you get her something. May I suggest a card? If you’re single and looking, don’t wallow in loneliness on the couch, get on a dating app. And, no, it’s not weird to get yourself flowers. Ladies, remember, it's a competitive market; appreciate what your man does get you. Or you could be modern, and just Netflix and chill this Valentine's Day.

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Plan These 13 Dates For Your Girlfriend This Fall And Thank Me Later

Listen up, guys.

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If you are a boy and you are reading this, plan one of these dates and you'll make your girlfriend the happiest person alive. Yeah, you can thank me later.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

This may be super basic but who doesn't want a cute little pumpkin around Halloween time. Usually, you will take a hayride to the pumpkin patch which is always a nice time to spend together. It will also be really cute seeing how excited she gets over finding the perfect little pumpkin.

2. Go on a hayride.

If you go to a pumpkin patch you may have the opportunity to go on a hayride and you definitely should! You will get to see all around the farm and the scenery is usually beautiful in the fall with the leaves changing colors!

3. Go apple picking.

This date will always allow for a cute photo shoot opportunity and everyone will be able to see your Insta post later captioned "the apple of my eye." Also, if you love apples what better place to get them then a local farm where you pick them yourself! Make sure you check your local farm to see when your favorite apples will be ready for harvest!

4. Bake something together.

There are so many amazing recipes for fall, apple pie being one of them. Which will be the perfect thing to bake with your S.O. after apple picking (two dates in one)!

5. Go to a local festival.

No matter where you are from there are probably a ton of local festivals around you throughout the fall. Whether it is a food festival, fall fest, music festival or even a lantern festival all of them are usually a perfect date. You can experience new things together and enjoy the fall weather.

6. Go to a football game.

Whether it is high school, college, or a professional football game any football is good football in the fall. Between a fun tailgate and an exciting game, if you are into sports football is the way to go.

7. Walk or hike around a state park.

No matter where you are from there are always state parks around you! Fall is the perfect time to go on an outdoor because it's not too hot to too cold. The scenery is always beautiful with all of the leaves changing colors. If there is a lake you could always go kayaking or paddle boating!

8. Visit your local farm.

A lot of local farms have fresh veggies, apples, baked goods and of course pumpkins! Also, check and see if your local farm has any fall family days. On those days they usually have a lot of fun activities, animals, hayrides, corn mazes, pumpkins and if you're lucky they'll have amazing apple cider donuts!

9. Stay in for a cozy movie day.

With Freeform starting their 31 days of Halloween this leads to the perfect excuse for a night on the couch. Pick out your favorite Halloween movie, make some popcorn and have some warm apple cider while cuddling up on the couch.

10. Visit a haunted house.

If you are down for something a little scarier then a Halloween movie, check out a haunted house near yours. It could even be a haunted hayride or haunted corn maze.

11. Take her out to breakfast.

Girls are always down for a cute breakfast date. Especially when you can roll out of beds in your sweats and keep them on in the cozy fall weather.

12. Spend a night carving pumpkins.

Once Halloween rolls around you should grab a cheap carving supplies kit, roll up your sleeves, and carve a cute pumpkin together. Whether you write your initials or create a jack-o-lantern it will probably be full of fun memories of pulling out pumpkin guts.

13. Go to a Halloween party.

Take some time and hit up Pinterest for a super cute couples costume and eat all the candy you possibly can!

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Sure, Condoms Don't Feel As Good As Nothing, But Nothing Feels Better Than Safe Sex

You want to do it, but at least be safe.

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Let's talk about sex.

Condoms are great. I love them. You should too. They reduce the chances of pregnancy and contracting a sexually transmitted infection. When you're doing it with a person you met online or met just recently in person, they're the cheapest form of protection. They're not 100 percent reliable when it comes to minimizing the risk that a sperm fertilizes an egg and that zygote implants itself in your uterus, so I like taking another form of birth control just as a backup. Watch season 1 or 2 of "Weeds" if you want to be spooked a bit.

The academic year has just started, and if you're meeting new people who you want to have sexual relations with, it's important that respect is established. You're letting someone use parts of you for sexual pleasure and vice versa. They're not entitled to those parts, and if someone wants to use a condom, don't argue with them.

It doesn't matter what kind of birth control they have, or how good they are at pulling out. It's scary when accidents happen, and it's scary to see your body changing and not knowing if it's just weight gain or pregnancy, or it it's a heat rash or an infection you may be spreading to others.

I've had potential sexual partners refuse to wear condoms, and I left them because I wasn't going to let them inside of my body because, "the condom was too small." As a woman, I can't leave a pregnancy like guys can, and if given the choice to protect myself from contracting a sexually transmitted infection, I will take it, and I won't let anyone try to make me feel guilty about it.

No one should have to convince someone else for respect, especially when you're participating in an act where so much could happen physically, not to mention emotionally. Most people probably feel the most vulnerable when they're having sex. It might not be the case for all people, but if someone asks to use protection, don't argue with them about it. And if someone refuses to listen to you and respect you, walk away. There are plenty of other people out in the world who will respect you, and you shouldn't have to settle for less when your health can be affected.

When I first started dating an ex and he found out I had an intrauterine device, he immediately started putting together a presentation about why we should stop using condoms. It didn't matter to him when I said I didn't fully trust my IUD or that I was very uncomfortable with not using them. If he decided he didn't want to pull out, and my IUD failed, and I would be the one who got pregnant and had to deal with it, not him. He could choose to be supportive and stay with me through it, or he could block me on all social media platforms and Spotify.

It was a red flag that he didn't respect me, but that made me realize I didn't fully trust him. If he respected me, it wouldn't have been up for debate, and he wouldn't have tried to use my birth control against me to make me think I was being irrational. It's correct that IUD's are effective 99.9 percent of the time, but I didn't want to be the 0.01 percent who experience its failure.

Condoms don't feel the best (yes, girls feel them too), but I prefer using them because I feel safer, especially if I'm engaging in an intimate act with someone whose sexual history I don't know completely.

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