Whether you love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is here! As always, the world has got divided into the romantics who make elaborate plans to express their love and the sceptics who scoff at all the fuss. To understand more about the buzz around this time of the year and how men and women are celebrating Valentine’s Day, international dating service, OkCupid, reviewed the answers to some of the most popular questions on their app.
The questions were introduced to match people based on the kind of romance they desire in their lives. Due to gender stereotypes that we long been fed, we all assume that women go the extra mile just to make this day special while the men only recall that it’s Valentine’s Day at the last moment, if at all. However, the data gathered threw a complete curveball!
Surprisingly, men are more open to the idea of romance than women (mic drop). Yes, you read that right. The responses received on the app clearly break away from the stereotype and tell us that women today are far more pragmatic about V-day than stereotypes would have as believe.
But, love should be celebrated anyway and cheers to the men for breaking away from the stigma associated with being emotional and expressing yourself. Everybody, irrespective of their gender or sexual orientation deserves to love and be loved. So, here are some interesting insights gathered from the user responses to questions about love and romance on the dating app.
The question everybody wants an answer to – First date on V-day? Yay, day of love or nay, too cliché?
● 65 per cent men are more likely to plan a first date on Valentine’s Day, compared to 50 per cent women.
● A staggering 77 per cent men think that they are the most romantic person they know compared to 65 per cent women on the app.
Show me some love on V-day?
● While the majority of respondents (58 per cent men and 53 per cent women) are ok either way, 40 per cent women and 33 per cent men want their partner to do something special on Valentine’s Day.
Perfect V-day plan? A romantic camping getaway for two!
● 53 per cent men and 47 per cent women chose a camping trip and would love to plan a romantic three-day weekend with their significant other around V-day. The second best option of spending some quality time at a fancy hotel got 23 per cent men and 17 per cent women responding in affirmation.
When it comes to the ideal date, how cliché are you?
● Who would have known that kissing in a tent set up in the woods would be the ultimate idea of romance when you also have the chance of kissing in Paris? 70 per cent men and 55 per cent women chose romancing in the woods to be far more romantic than snuggling in Paris, which got 30 per cent men and 45 per cent women responding in affirmation.
Give love a second chance, anyone?
● While we feel all mushy this month, how about giving love a second chance? 48 per cent men believe in second chances when it comes to romantic relationships and feel that it may work out in another time or place. Whereas, women are more practical with 47 per cent of them saying that it totally depends on the relationship.
Cliché or Touché?
● Just as we were digesting the idea of men being more romantic, the data further states that 93 per cent of men think long walks on the beach are ‘so romantic’ as compared to 91 per cent of women.