Valentine’s Day Goes Virtual

Highlights from “Sex in the News,” a series on my Youtube channel.

How much is Valentine’s Day worth to America? According to The National Retail Federation, a cool $18 billion.

NRF, which represents retailers of all sizes in the U.S., believes American consumers will spend $18.2 billion on jewelry, flowers, cards and more—an average of $136.57 per person.

Perhaps more interestingly, there is also generational shift going on in terms of what people are spending on. Valentine’s Day cards are losing popularity. This year, only 47% of consumers plan to buy a card, down from 63% ten years ago.

Meanwhile, spending on things like Valentine’s Day emojis is going up. And the younger you are, the more likely you are to spend Valentine’s Day money on an experience, like a concert or a spa day, instead of a gift.


Sex on the first date is a controversial topic. Should you do it, or shouldn’t you? has published its seventh annual “Singles in America” survey, and looks like the answer depends on your age.

The survey shows that millennials are 48% more likely to have had sex before the first date compared to other generations of singles. Twenty-eight percent see sex as a way to decide if they love someone or not.


If you feel like dating profiles are all starting to blend together, there’s a new dating app that thinks it can shake things up.

Hater, which launched this month, matches you with people who hate the same things you do. First, you choose from a list of thousands of things to declare your hate for, like slow walkers and bad tippers. Then you get to meet someone else who’s happy to complain about it as much as you do.

More on these news items and other headlines related to sex in my latest video roundup of #SexintheNews:

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