I conducted a non-scientific content analysis of Facebook on Valentine’s Day. Watching the most popular social media outlet throughout the day led me to the following conclusions about Valentine’s Day on Facebook:
- The romantic post. “Look at what my love did for me! S/he is the best! I love her/him!” This is followed by a picture of flowers, candy, cute card, etc.
- Out to dinner. “Celebrating Valentine’s Day!” Here comes a picture of the meal and/or drinks from the dinner.
- Cute kids. Here, the FB user posts a picture of their kid(s) in red/surrounded by hearts/holding a card/or some other recreation of a Pinterest post.
- Building on #3, the daddy/daughter Valentine. Nothing makes us say “awww” like a father loving his daughter.
- Post a celeb pic. Find famous people put a heart frame around them and title it “my true love.”
- The anti-romance post. Here the cynics preach about how they don’t need a holiday to feel loved. They love in fun romantic ways all year. These posts seem to come from women (including my mother). I have yet to see a male friend state that they don’t need a card or flowers to feel loved.
So that it doesn’t seem like I am sarcastically criticizing others. I will share my V-Day post.
I call this blackmail for later in life.
Happy V-Day everyone!