SINGAPOREAN couples will spend more than US$100 each on Valentine's Day, well above their counterparts in most countries polled in the recent global Groupon survey on Valentine's Day attitudes and preferences.
According to survey results released on Tuesday, 33 per cent of Singapore respondents said that they would be willing to spend between US$100 and US$199 for the occasion. By comparison, only 19 per cent of Australians indicated that they would plan to spend as much.
Dinner in a nice restaurant was cited as both the main way Singaporeans plan to celebrate Valentine's Day, as well as the ideal first date.
A higher percentage of Singaporean men (69 per cent) also believe that the man should pay for a date, compared to 55 per cent of women who believe so.
And while only 9 per cent of Singaporeans polled said that Valentine's Day is something their significant other expects them to celebrate, about half of them believed that it is an opportunity to show loved ones how much they care about them.
When it comes to pick-up lines, 34 per cent of Singaporean males think "You're so beautiful that you made me forget my pick-up line" will work best, with only 12 per cent of Singaporean females agreeing that might work.
On the contrary, most Singaporean females (29 per cent) chose "Are you a camera because every time I look at you, I smile" as their favourite pick-up line, while 19 per cent of males opted for that.
Said Kelvin Teo, managing director of Groupon Singapore: "We thought it would be something of a laugh to run an exclusive S$0 VDay Special, which features 'Pick-up Line Cue Cards' that aim to help people avoid the ones that, based on the survey, got voted the least, as well as the ones that are honestly not too bad for a cheesy pick-up line."
For the survey, data was collected from some 20,694 respondents across 17 countries globally including Hong Kong, Malaysia, Japan and the United Kingdom. About 859 respondents were from Singapore.