Today, of course, is Valentine's Day. And the reactions on people's Facebook statuses are curious.
- The married folks, posting photos of their loved ones and making a profession of their love ... even if their loved ones aren't on Facebook and able to read such professions.
- The single folks who wish they were in a romantic relationship, expressing their pain at being reminded of that dissonance.
- The single folks who don't wish they were in a romantic relationship, but hate that they have to fight against societal expectations that "single and happy" is a contradiction.
- The companies, preying upon those in relationships (happy or not), implying that if you don't bring your lover a gift, or take your lover to dinner, or otherwise spend money to express your affection on this particular day, you are damaging your relationship.