Obviously Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples—that’s why it’s occasionally known as Singles’ Awareness Day, after all—but according to a survey of 1,037 Americans by RetailMeNot, single people are increasingly taking control of the day.
So are they taking themselves out on the town, or doing a little solo Netflix and chill? Here are the most popular activities for single Americans to do on February 14.
1. Celebrating nonromantic love
Of those surveyed, 30 percent said they will spend the day with friends if they find themselves single on Valentine’s Day. Another 28 percent want to get in some quality time with their families, and 11 percent would host a party, because every form of love is worth celebrating.
2. Seeking out a Valentine
It’s never too late to look. That’s why 19 percent of respondents plan to set themselves up for a great “how we met” story by going on a first date on the 14th. Nine percent aren’t counting on having a date planned already but anticipate browsing their apps.
3. Treating themselves
Amid all the romance of the occasion, some will take time to remember the importance of self-love. Twenty-nine percent plan to pamper themselves, 23 percent will take themselves out to eat, 18 percent will get themselves a present, and 13 percent will pour themselves some wine.
4. Reconnecting with old flames
Six percent of Americans said they’d email or text an ex on V-Day, and five percent would do some research on their exes’ whereabouts via social media. Tread carefully with this one, though: Facebook-stalking an ex makes it even harder to get over the breakup.
These people are onto something: Everyone deserves to enjoy Valentine’s Day, regardless of their relationship status. So if you find yourself without a Valentine, be your own. Get yourself a sex toy, try out some new masturbation techniques, and be glad you have exactly zero chances of spending the holiday arguing with an S.O. about why your V-Day plans don’t match your expectations.