Valentine’s Day, a Villainous Origin

Valentine’s day! A day of romance. A happy day… for some. Happy couples post videos of their partners, what they love about them, how they got together, their favorite pictures of each other. Although undoubtedly cringey, they’re cute.

“Going to see if my toaster works in the bathtub!” says a TikTok commenter. They are depressed. They are lonely. They… do not have a valentine. If this is you, read closely.

Comments like this are not uncommon online. For some reason, the anonymity of a faceless profile gives people the courage to say out-of-pocket things they probably shouldn’t. “Going to sleep on the train tracks tonight,” “The highway is lookin like a really comfy bed,” “Me and who?”

And, the crowning glory: “Break up.”

Ultimately, these comments aren’t harmful so much as they are annoying — if someone wants to post something about their relationship, there isn’t a corner of the internet they can go to that won’t be attacked by the vultures referred to as the “singles population.” Unfortunately, these comments stop being funny the moment you see them more than three times.

At some point, it’s bordering on weird. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be in a relationship at any given point in time, but that’s not a reason to bombard those who do with repetitive, uncreative comments. (If you’re going to comment, at least make it interesting. “Going to get more personal with carbon monoxide!” is my personal suggestion.)

Let people be happy. Let them post their pictures and their videos and their cringe-fail content. Why not, right? If you die from electrocution in the bathtub, no one would know, especially not the people on TikTok. Certainly not that Tinder match you’re nervous about.

Put that toaster to work. Make a bagel. Put yourself out there. Instead of commenting, hit on that person at the bookstore. It’ll do you more good than overusing the crying emoji.