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    Alyssa Taliaferro | Friday, February 14, 2014 14 Comments

    Who Are You On Valentine’s Day?

    So today is Valentine’s Day, or as some people out there like to call it, just a regular, good old Friday. This holiday has turned into a commercial overkill of a day that can largely be attributed to marketing, and most recently, the art of social media. With mixed messages streaming through your Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds from the Valentine’s Day lovers, haters, and those in between, let’s all take a moment and be honest with ourselves. The most successful and mutual relationship we’ve ever held onto long enough (though not always beneficial for us) has been between us and that jar of Nutella.

    So are you a Valentine’s Day hater – or a lover? Well, let’s see here.

    Will you be channeling your inner Jessica Biel tonight with a group of friends for an I Hate Valentine’s Day extravaganza? Or maybe you’ll join in the fun on Twitter while you include #LonelyHeartsClub to the end of each Tweet you send from now until whenever you feel less bitter about your current situation. If so, here is a list of the top anti-Valentine’s day hashtags through the years (pulled from both Twitter and Instagram):

    • #RejectedCandyHearts
    • #CandyHeartRejects
    • #VDayFail
    • #ImNotTheOne
    • #PassTheVino
    • #WhereMyChocolateAt
    • #YoullDoForNow
    • #ForeverAlone
    • #Selfie #Me #I #Love #Myself #NoFilter #WithFilter

    …Or just maybe, you need some full-on Tweets to inspire you:

    • “This candy will probably last longer than any love you’ll share.”
    • “Are you into divorced lobbyists?”
    • “February: It’s the only month you can compensate for your bitter Valentine’s Day disappointment by binging on pancakes.”

    …Or you could turn to one of these celebrities who have been named the “Most Retweeted Celebs” on this holiday alone.

    • Justin Bieber (feel free to skip this one)
    • Emma Watson (I’m sure guys and girls alike will opt for this one)
    • 50Cent (Oh?)
    • Harry Styles (no explanation necessary)

    If all this talk of the anti-Valentine is getting you down, you can choose to be one of those overly happy people in love and use a most-mentioned hashtag to back it up:

    • #RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue
    • #ILoveYou
    • #HeMakesMyHeartSkipABeat
    • #Chocolate
    • #Heart
    • #Love

     

    If both of these options don’t seem to sit quite right with you, you could be like this woman who, on Valentine’s Day last year in Brooklyn, gave out hundreds of Hello Kitty Valentine’s to people she saw on her commute to work. This woman’s name is Erika Anderson, and she is a freelancer based in Brooklyn, NY. When asked why she started the project, her response was rather inspiring.

    “I think it can be such a terrible day, whether you’re single or with someone.”

    So what will it be? Will you be wallowing in self-pity while sitting at a table for one with a cake for 50, surrounded by pink and white balloons and a heart-shaped piñata with a kazoo hanging from your mouth in the Indian restaurant around the corner? Will you be spending it with a loved one? (This doesn’t just mean a significant other, you know!) Or will you see the grander picture and do something for others whose suffering might go just a bit deeper than having no Valentine today?

    No matter what your feelings are towards today or your hashtag preferences, reclaim Valentine’s Day as your own, and decide what you are going to do – or are not going to do, for that matter – to enjoy this day to celebrate you, and the love you have for yourself.

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