by Johanna Seidel

Whether your wallet has been drained or your diet has been made into a joke, Valentine’s Day is finally over. According to Mount Messenger’s poll question, 33% of those who voted spent the 14th like any other day while the other 43% spent it either hiding out with their single friends or disappointed. Let’s not forget about our happy couples, 24% who spent it with their significant other (how sweet!).

According to the National Retail Federation, this year Americans spent around $18.6 billion on Valentine’s Day! Kudos to the 24% who made allowances in their tight college budgets for flowers, chocolate, jewelry, and romantic dinners.

For those who spent Valentine’s Day like any other day, you are not alone. Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday. Government offices, stores, schools, and banks are open as usual and the world never stopped turning.

Now, for those of you who are thankful Valentine’s Day is over, you are not alone either. Holiday depression, loneliness, and anxiety are all serious issues that prevent people from enjoying the day. To those who suffered, just remember, Valentine’s Day only comes once a year.