It would make sense if men hated Valentine's Day.  It's a day where there are about eight billion ways to screw up, and you can only really nail it if you read minds . . . or if years of disappointment have lowered your wife or girlfriend's expectations.

But according to a new survey, men don't hate Valentine's Day.  No . . . they FEAR it.

33% of single men say they intentionally avoid getting into relationships between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day because of the pressure it causes.

And another 35% say that, this time of year, they don't bother even trying to date.

41% would never schedule a first date for Valentine's Day.  62% of single women say they'd be fine having a first date on February 14th.

 BUT . . . once Valentine's Day is over, men start trying to date again.  42% of single men said that finding a girlfriend was their number one priority for the year . . . compared to 24% who said their career is the top priority.