And you know what? That’s OK. Just because happy couples are sitting down for exorbitantly priced seven-course meals and painting the town red, you don’t have to hide in your lonely room. Embrace singledom.
Take back February 14. And we’ve got some no-cost apps that will help you enjoy that me time, whether you’re in a crowd or all by yourself.
YourExtraLife has a different take on photo-sharing. Instead of allowing you to post random pics in the manner of Instagram, Facebook, and the like, YourExtraLife has you take on various challenges, encouraging you to post pics of your performance. In fact, each step requires you to post ‘proof’ before you can unlock the next activity on the path, which is a big reason it’s so fun.
The categories include everything from Geek to Gourmet to Altruism. Activities range from the easy, such as writing down a list of your top five artists of all time, to the more difficult, such as hosting a rooftop BBQ. The community encourages your progress, and as further incentive, you earn badges and rewards. (Free; iOS)
Don’t feel like going out? You could throw on some footie pajamas and curl up on the couch with a movie – if you can find the appropriate flick. After all, who wants to sit through another by-the-book RomCom on a dateless Valentine’s Day? Movie Twist can help.
This movie recommendation app lets you search movie concepts based on your mood, such as Silly, Tired or Mean. Or if you want to really fine-tune your input, the Explore function features a variety of themed sliders that let you select the level of humour, violence, cleverness, and so on. Of course, if you’re feeling lazy, you can always use the auto recommender – just don’t blame me if the recommendation of Crazy, Stupid, Love launches you into a crying jag. (Free; iOS)
A party with your closest friends can be one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy February 14. Make sure the drinks are on point with Mixology, a cocktail recipe app with an extensive library of alcoholic beverages (and even a few sans booze). The app lets you browse by cocktail type, such as hot drinks, jello shots and punches, or you can use the random ‘shaker’ to generate a drink you may never have heard of.
There’s also a ‘liquor cabinet’ feature where you can enter all the types of alcohol and mixers you have for a customised list of the beverages you can make. The Bartending tab is also handy for those who want to learn more about terminology and glassware. (Free; iOS)