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Valentine’s Day has arrived, evoking excitement for some, dread for others, indifference for a few and horror at prix fixe restaurant menu markups for all. Adore it for its romance or hate it for its consumerism, Valentine’s Day has come to symbolize L.O.V.E. Over the past year, Medium readers spent 110 years (that’s 58 million minutes) reading about love. And hearteningly, readers spent 15x more time reading about love than breakups, with the average reader reading four posts about love for every single post they read about heartbreak.

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