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Megan McArdle

Happy Valentine's Day! Now Cut Your Losses

Stop investing any more time in a relationship that won't give you the payoff you're looking for.
If you can't be with the one you love, honey, pack it up and leave him in the dust.

If you can't be with the one you love, honey, pack it up and leave him in the dust.

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Tomorrow night, at restaurants across the land, men will whip rings out of their pockets and try to find some vaguely original way of asking the woman across the table if she would like to spend the rest of their lives together raising children, choosing furniture and arguing about just how clean the bathroom vanity needs to be kept. At many other tables, women will be hoping for a proposal that doesn't come. If you are in that second group, I have some hard news for you: It's probably time to leave.

I say probably because if you are 24 years old or have been dating for less than a year, then it's a little too early to be seriously worried about where this relationship is going. And if you don't want to get married, then hey, don't! Breathe a sigh of relief that he didn't propose, grab a snack and settle down for the latest issue of "The Americans."