Does Valentine’s Day not make sense for you? Here's Valentine’s Day Explained Using Numbers.
Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day, or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world.
Here are some numbers who those who like to crunch them. Unless otherwise, the statistics refer to the United States:
- 3%: How single Brits will be celebrating the day of love: Call an Ex.
- 15%: The estimated portion of women who will send themselves flowers.
- 17%: How loved-up Brits will be spending the special day: Naughty Night in Bed
- 24.7 pounds: Per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.
- 40%: The estimated increase in requests for divorce lawyers around mid-February each year.
- 54%: Percentage of people who plan on buying Valentine’s Day gifts. Have you bought yours?
- 58%: Singletons who claim to hate Valentine's Day in the U.K.
- 70%: The portion of singles who said they wouldn’t mind a blind date for the occasion.
- 82%: The portion of people who said they’d like an “experience” rather than a gift for the romantic holiday. What these “experiences” entail, and how expensive they are, is unclear. But consumers are expected to put $3.5 billion towards a romantic evening on the town with their partner.
- 393: The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2007. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed 3,125 people and pulled in $928 million in revenue.
- 400s: Pope Gelasius declares February 14 a day for honoring Saint Valetine.
- 17,124: The number of florists nationwide in the U.S. in 2009.
- 220,000: The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine’s Day each year (10% of the annual total).
- $52.4 million: The 2010 romantic comedy Valentine’s Day raked in this much cash during its first weekend in theaters.
- 72 million: The average number of Valentine’s cards purchased by parents (40% of all cards sold). Whether they end up giving the cards to their children is unknown. Either way, 65% of all gifts will take the form of a greeting card.
- Love by Numbers: Valentine’s Day [infographic] – UK Style http://dailyinfographic.com/love-by-numbers-valentines-day-infographic (accessed on 12 Feb 2013)
- Love by Numbers: Valentine’s Day [infographic] - US http://dailyinfographic.com/valentines-day-by-the-numbers-infographic (accessed on 12 Feb 2013)
- Valentine's Day, by the numbers http://www.kval.com/news/offbeat/By-the-numbers-Valentines-Day-139256193.html?tab=gallery&c=y&img=1 (accessed on 12 Feb 2013)
- Valentine’s Day by the Numbers http://www.slideshowblog.com/2013/02/valentines-day-by-the-numbers/ (accessed on 12 Feb 2013)
- Valentine’s Day 2012, by the Numbers http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/02/13/valentines-day-2012-by-the-numbers/ (accessed on 12 Feb 2013)
- Valentine's Day 2012: Feb. 14 http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb12-ff02.html (accessed on 12 Feb 2013)
Dr Martha Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching in Singapore. She is a certified sexuality educator with AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists), as well as certified sexologist with ACS (American College of Sexologists). She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality as well as certificates in practical counselling, life coaching and sex therapy. She is available to provide sexuality and intimacy coaching for individuals and couples, conduct sexual education workshops and speak at public events in Asia and beyond. For more, visit www.ErosCoaching.com.