The Outcome of Valentine’s Day

Bailey Hinkle and Dara Hamilton


Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Teenagers are the most miserable group on Valentine’s Day, according to new data compiled by social-media platform We Heart It and provided to TIME. The vast majority of 21,000 responses (over 98%) were from teenage girls, and they didn’t have a lot of love for the holiday. Only 13% of teenagers under 15 think Valentine’s Day is “painful,” while 22% say it’s “overrated,” and 24% think it’s irrelevant. Young teens seem to think that social media is essential to the Valentine’s Day experience: 21% of respondents under 15 said social media was “extremely important” on Valentine’s Day.

Here at Dobie, things are different for us “teens”. We celebrate the so called Valentine’s day and love to appreciate one another by buying gifts to show our affection, even as friends. Showing up with flowers and chocolates even teddy bears to give to our friends or someone that’s more than a friend to us is a big deal. Dekaviana Hook, 8th grader said,“I’m single and I’m really glad I am because even if I have no one to show special affection to, I can still show love to my friends.”

Students went to many different stores to buy a little something for their valentine. Including HEB, Walmart, CVS and Walgreens. “ I went to Walmart because that is the closest to my house and found exactly what I was looking for there,” said Payton Freund 8th.

Yes, February 14 gives us all a special day to do things up in a big way. But kids who get daily deposits in their emotional bank accounts are kids who develop and sustain the resilience to manage the stresses of life. They are the kids most likely to have the emotional vocabulary necessary to make good romantic choices of their own someday. They become the adults who work through the rough spots in a good relationship and whose self-esteem in strong enough to avoid or get out of a bad one.