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Posted at 1:31 PM ET, 02/14/2011

Valentine's Day: Even more stuff you didn't know you needed, and a plea to unplug

By Katie Rogers
the kiss
(Victor Jorgensen/AP)

This morning, I wished my roommate a happy Valentine's Day. He looked up, bleary-eyed mid-cereal-pouring, then said, "I don't think there's another holiday that can change so rapidly from year to year for anyone."

True. And in some ways, Valentine's Day feels more inescapable this year than in years past. As an agent of it, I feel comfortable blaming social media. Think about it. People are out there live-tweeting Valentine's Day as it happens. I can understand wonky people live-tweeting Obama's State of the Union address and sports fanatics live-tweeting the Super Bowl, but do we really need a play-by-play of Valentine's Day?

Even Axl Rose had something to say about it Monday. And if a tweet from the frontman of Guns N' Roses isn't a sign that maybe we should unplug and enjoy the quiet that comes with our respective single/married/divorce-ness, I don't know what is.

Lisa Bonos recommends a happy medium in her Valentine's Day tribute to the old phone call:

Remember getting a call from a crush to arrange a first date? The giddy excitement of picking up with his voice on the line, almost as if he were there right beside you. You could hear the anticipation, his nervous breathing. In a moment of such raw communication, the stakes for rejection are high. But so is the potential for forging a connection.

This theory, while geared toward the single/"lovelorn," holds true to anybody. Resist the urge to text or click someone and pick up the phone. In the meantime, rot your brain with our favorite V-Day coverage from around the Web. (Our original roundup -- things to do, places to go and ways to ignore the holiday -- lives here.)

Who will you be calling today?


By Katie Rogers  | February 14, 2011; 1:31 PM ET
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