Every year there’s a lot of talk about how commercial and consumer-oriented Valentine’s Day is. I have to admit, it’s certainly not my favorite holiday—I can echo the complaints of many that it puts undue pressure on couples to spend on one another and to show affection in very specific, commercial ways.
It is true that many of the traditions surrounding Valentine’s Day and similar holidays worldwide are directly linked to consumer industries scheming up ways to build business. And it’s clear from the US spending statistics that silly as some people may find it, Valentine’s Day is no laughing matter when it comes to the flower and candy industries. However, it’s interesting to see different ways this looks across the globe, and to explore some of the deeper legend and history behind it.
Commercial as it may have be, I have to admit that the general idea behind it isn’t exactly villainous. Giving gifts to those you love is never all bad, and as this infographic points out, may actually have health benefits.
Overall, I think giving is a good thing, as long as you keep it within reason, and don’t get too caught up in the consumer hype surrounding holidays like this. Check out this infographic to learn a little bit more about just how complex the construction of Valentine’s Day really is.