So Here's What Americans Really Think About Valentine's Day...

Relationships
Valentine's Day Facts

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Valentine's Day: When you were single, you dreaded it, but now that you're engaged, with love and marriage on the brain, you and Cupid are totally tight.

But the rest of the country? A team of researchers from three universities in the U.S. surveyed more than 1,000 Americans as a part of a project that looks at the science of relationships, and they recently reported some interesting findings about Valentine's Day. Among them:

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Who loves Valentines Day? Just 24 percent of Americans, as it turns out. The majority say "it's just another day." And women love Valentine's Day more than men do.

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The Valentine's Day proposal is a "do." When it comes to proposing marriage on Cupid's holiday, 57 percent of respondents say it's a good thing, while 43 percent say it's cliched. Not surprisingly, women are more in favor of the Valentine's Day marriage proposal than men!

Roses win! When it comes to flowers, researchers found that most people prefer to give and receive roses, with carnations coming in second. (Frankly, we think this could be controversial, just saying!) The least-favored flower, according to the survey? Daisies. And exotic flowers like orchids? Save your money, men: Most people really aren't into them!

The gifts that get the most thanks... The top three gifts that women want: jewelry, flowers, and/or a cute, heartfelt card/gift. Men (44 percent of them, in fact) pretty much just want sex. Gifts not to get? Gag gifts or puppies in boxes with red bows.

You can't buy love... but there is a window of acceptable spending for Valentine's Day, say the researchers: Between $26 and $159 dollars. Interestingly, people who reported being in love spent less than those who said they weren't.

You can check out more highlights from the survey here.


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