Also known as National Singles Awareness Day, Valentine's Day is one of those overly commercialized holidays that can create a lot of angsts for some singles. Men have it especially hard with the added pressure or responsibility of having to pay for a Valentine's Day date, whether it's the first date or the 50th date. It seems like single women everywhere expect men to adhere to traditional forms of courtship that often includes a lunch or dinner date. It’s no wonder the lines of courtship are blurring for Millennial singles who much prefer “hanging out” over “dating” any day of the week.
In a recent article, the New York Times suggested the end of courtship because of the implications technology has had on relationships. While it may be true that traditional courtship appears to be in decline, this does not mean that singles are throwing courtship out the door completely. If anything, singles are struggling to adjust their dating habits without compromising their own values when it comes to dating and relationships, even if it means “hanging out” with someone a few times before deciding whether there is a viable relationship in the works.
Coming back to the question of how professional singles celebrate Valentine’s Day, it should be easy. If they aren’t spending more time in the office, you can certainly find them “hanging out” with some of their favorite single friends happily enjoying an anti-Valentine post-work cocktail. Perhaps one cocktail will lead to another, and another will lead to an unexpected attraction. In the midst of all this hanging out, perhaps a few sparks might even start flying.
So all of you dating singles, hang out and hang out a lot. Because at the end of the day, you really don’t know where all this hanging out will lead to unless you start hanging out more. Besides, the best relationships usually start off as friendships, and what do friends do all the time? Yes, you guessed it--they hang out.
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