Happy Valentine’s Day! You may not immediately think of technology when it comes to a day like today, but there are many ways in which things like the internet, apps, and more have transformed this into one of the techiest holidays ever! So grab a handful of Hershey’s kisses and read on to learn some fun factoids about how this day has progressed over time.
We Found Love…
Valentine’s Day is a shortened version of “Saint Valentine’s Day.” No romantic elements are present in the early medieval biographies that would liken St. Valentine to the modern version of Valentine’s Day. The first recorded association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love is in Parlement of Foules (1382) by Geoffrey Chaucer. He wrote this poem to honor the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia. On Valentine’s Day, King Richard II would have likely declared his love through a hand-written note or painted illustration.
Antique valentine card from 1909
Mass-produced greeting cards came into the picture in the 19th century. Fast-forward to today and the U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent each year in the U.S. And if you include the valentines made in school activities that kids exchange, the total number shoots up to 1 billion! It should come as no surprise, then, that teachers receive more valentines than any other profession.
Candy, diamonds, and roses – oh my!
- The candy company NECCO must produce about 100,000 pounds of the candy hearts every day in order to meet the Valentine demand, when about 8 billion hearts are sold in six weeks.
- The holiday was officially commercialized in the 1980s when the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as the perfect occasion for giving jewelry.
In 2010, an estimated 198 million roses were produced for the Valentine's Day holiday, according to the Society of American Florists.
With the rise of technology, you can now skip snail mail altogether and send digital valentines. There were an estimated 15 million e-valentines sent in 2010. Check out some adorable e-valentines here. Many new apps have been created just for this special day as well. Here’s one for your iPhone (other platforms also available) to play an old school game of MASH, Valentine’s Day style! Interested in creating your own app? Be sure to check out our app development camps.
Whether you're enjoying a box of conversation hearts, sending an e-valentine, or downloading an app - have some fun with all the technology that's available today; we've certainly come a long way!