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Valentine's Day: Lonely time for singles

By Rasha Abu Baker for CNN

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- If you don't receive a dozen red roses this Valentine's Day, don't fret, you're not alone.

The love season is a lonesome time for many -- flowers, chocolates and red hearts flaunted around can make it hard to ignore your single status.

As lovebirds enjoy a romantic meal together, you could be spending the night in front of the TV, with a meal for one.

Lora De Felice, 32, is doing just that. "I'm renting an action video, having Lebanese takeaway and switching my phone off," she says.

"As a single woman, Valentine's Day reminds me of what I haven't got, a partner and a loving relationship."

Psychologist and couples researcher Dr. Janet Reibstein says that Valentine's Day is different than any other day for single people.

"It's a ritual that calls attention to who loves whom, who is loved and those who aren't can feel singled out."

Others -- like Darren Thatcher, 37, an investment banker -- believe in taking matters into their own hands in an effort to make love happen. He is one of five bachelors who took part in a five-day promotion by online dating agency match.com.

Last week, Thatcher spent over 10 hours sitting inside a 3-meter-high plastic bubble at London's Selfridges department store in the hope of attracting women shoppers to email him for a date.

"It's a crazy way to meet someone but I won't be depressed if I didn't have a date," he says. "Still, it's nice to have someone special to cuddle up to and watch a DVD with," he admits.

Jill Stoppard, a spokesperson for match.com, says it is important that single people be included in the Valentine's Say season.

"We see a massive drive in our business in the first two months of the year. Many people want to sort out their love life as part of their New Year's resolution."

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