In lieu of historical accuracy, here are some interesting Valentine’s Day facts for the here and now:
They’re Spoken For – There are over 15 million Canadians living together as a couple; this figure includes common-law partners and same and opposite sex relationships.
They’re Eligible – There are more than 11 million Canadians who are single, a good size dating pool for those looking for love!
Who’s Celebrating? 81% of Canadians plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day in some shape or form with their significant others, and 52% will include their children and other family members in on the fun.
A Token of Love – The most popular Valentine’s Day gifts remain the classics: cards, candy, and flowers. Although the emphasis is usually on those in romantic relationships, 38% of single Canadians plan on giving gifts to loved ones.
Geographic Gifting – Albertans and Quebeckers spend most of their Valentine’s Day gift budget on flowers, Ontarians on jewellery, while British Columbians earmark the most money for candy.
Battle of the Sexes – Women polled were asked who should pay for the Valentine’s Day date; 33% said the man, 31% said it should be split, 31% said it should alternate back and forth, and 5% said the woman should ante up. When men were polled with the same question, 58% said the man should pay, 21% said it should alternate, 17% opted to go Dutch, and 4% said the woman should pay.
Looking for Love – 54% of men and 50% of women who are single are hoping to find someone special for Valentine’s Day.
Good to Know – 80% of Canadian women between the ages of 24 and 54 preferred to receive their Valentine’s day message in person, while 2% of those polled preferred a phone call or text message.
Awwww! 44% of women and 45% of men said that their ideal Valentine’s Day gift was simply “spending time together” over and above receiving a gift. Now that’s amore!