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More than 1 450 people responded to Relationships Australia’s online survey in February 2019.  Just under 80 per cent of survey respondents (79%) identified as female, with more females than males responding in every age group (figure 1).  Eighty-eight per cent of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, and 59 per cent of respondents comprised women aged between 30-49 years (inclusive).

As for previous surveys, the demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our experience of the groups of people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

 

Survey respondents were asked whether they celebrated, or had previously celebrated, Valentine’s day with their current or most recent partner.  Men (30%) were more likely than women (19%) to report that they celebrated Valentine’s day, while women (35%) were more likely than men (25%) to report that they never celebrated Valentine’s day (figure 2).

There were significant differences in the reports of men and women when they were asked about the importance of celebrating Valentine’s day.  More than half of women (52%) and 44 per cent of men thought that celebrating Valentine’s day was unimportant.  Conversely, less than 10 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men considered celebrating Valentine’s day was very important.

The majority of men and women reported that they agreed with their partner’s view about whether or not they celebrated Valentine’s day (figure 3).  Fewer than 20 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men did not feel the same way about celebrating Valentine’s day as their current or most recent partner.

 

Women were most likely to report that celebrating Valentine’s day was a chance to have some light‑hearted fun (40%).  Men were most likely to report that Valentine’s day was an opportunity to show their partner how much they cared (28%), while 23 per cent also thought it was a chance to have some light-hearted fun (figure 4).

 

More than 55 per cent of men and women reported that the worst thing about celebrating Valentine’s day was that it was too commercial (figure 5).  More than 18 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men thought that the worst thing about celebrating Valentine’s day is that it makes people who are not in a relationship feel bad.

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