Battle Of The Valentines: Singles Versus Couples

By Alyssa Marchal on February 16, 2015

There is a funny dynamic about valentines. Either you have one, or you don’t. Of course, every person and every couple is different. Singles and couples intermingle all the time. But, when February 14 rolls around, your plans for the night are based on whether or not you have a significant other to spend it with. In my opinion, there are good and bad aspects about this day for everyone.


The stress that comes along with Valentine’s Day might be more obvious for the single people. Simply put, it is stressful for some that are alone yet surrounded by happy couples.

I would say the couples have it worse in this category.

I realized this a few days ago. My roommate asked me to get the details from her boyfriend about their Valentine’s Day plans he is surprising her with. She wants to make sure she gets a gift that is equally as good, and she wants to wear the perfect outfit for dinner.

This is supposed to be one of the most romantic nights of the year. The expectations could very well be what make the night less than perfect. It puts a lot of pressure on a happy couple.

Regardless, the stress of it all makes it that much more fun and exciting if two people are really into each other.


Single or not, chocolate is more than acceptable for anyone to overindulge on for Valentine’s Day. Where you get that chocolate from… well that is a different story.

Since the key to the heart (in my opinion, at least) is food, lots of girls will be receiving a heart-shaped box of delicious chocolates from their boyfriends. Is that not that what girls really want a boyfriend for? They just want someone to bring them chocolates.

So, what if you’re single on Valentine’s Day? Maybe your mom will come through with the chocolates. After all, she knows your tastes better than anyone. If not, there is no shame in buying some to pig out on. Chances are you have single friends to share the night eating chocolates with.


Every couple has different plans for the night, but most that I know of go to a romantic dinner. This consists of getting ready and dressing up. The good thing about this is that your meal will probably be more delicious and more extravagant than your usual dates.

Single people are allowed to treat the night however they want: watching movies, going out with friends or doing something anti-Valentine. Either way, the nice part is that anything goes!

Valentine’s Day at U of I:

As Valentine’s Day approaches on campus, I am amazed at the amount of bar crawls and date events going on. For people without a Valentine, there is no guarantee that they will be asked to go to one of these fun events. Plus, if you do get lucky enough to have a date, it can be weird if you do not know the intentions. Is it for fun? Does it mean something since this is for Valentine’s Day?

There is definitely stress in that aspect. Imagine how easy life would be if you had a set date to every event.

Valentine’s Day only rolls around once a year. There is so much for it to live up to in a short amount of time. I think we all need to give this special holiday a little break and make the most of what it has to offer. It might bring worries to singles and couples alike, but that is not what we should dwell on. After all, it is supposed to be about love! I think anyone can celebrate that!

You can find me in Urbana-Champaign until approximately 2018.

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