Let's be real here: people can be nosy. We all know it's true. We also know nosy people ask nosy questions.
Sometimes, the intent isn't malicious, but that doesn't make the questions any less hurtful.
Other times, the question's intention is clearly meant to embarrass or demean. One of the rudest questions that come of this question is asking why you are still single.
There is nothing wrong with being single, whether it's by choice or not, but you would never know, thanks to the number of times this question gets thrown around. What we need is a response that would shut them down and stop them cold, so you'll never get asked the questions again -- at least, not by the same person.
That was probably the thought behind the question Redditor Bright-Dig-6665 asked:
"What is the best response to "Why are you still single?""
There were some truly inspired responses!
The Movie Line
"Go full on Cher from Clueless: "you see how picky I am about my shoes, and they only go on my feet!"
"I was thinking “all my fiancé’s keep dying.”"
"I have the social skills of a spoon"
"Just lucky, I guess!"
Rude Comment for a Rude Question
"My response last time was "How are you not?""
"So that you don’t feel left out."
The Freak Out Kick Out
"Who the f**k are you? Get the hell out of my house!"
"The voices in my head tend to get jealous very easily"
Because I Know Better
"When my sister got married, my niece, 17, asked me, "How does it feel to be the only one of your siblings not married?"
"I simply replied, "Well, unlike them I have standards." Her father, my brother, was right there :)"
It's My Life
"Because having another adult who has any say in the course of my adult life is obnoxious"
That last one is appropriately pointed. Any of these responses are sure to get those nosy people off your back. I can't wait to try a couple out myself!
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It's been a few years since I was in a steady relationship and you know what? It's actually been really great. One of the perks of being single is that in spending time alone you can figure out who you are and what you want.
The nice thing is that I'm much more confident now than I was years back. Whoever my next partner is–watch out! I'm awesome!
There's much to enjoy about being single.
People shared their experiences and advice after Redditor anonymouslygirly19 asked the online community:
"What are the pros of being single?"
"You are accountable to no one!"
"You are accountable to no one! Eat, drink, do, spend, feel whatever you want. Be weird. Be gross. Be free of judgment and expectations. Your space is entirely your own. Nobody else's emotions are yours to manage."
"Also, free to move as you wish, travel as you wish. It's great. It's not all roses, but I quite appreciate it."
Excellent points, especially the ones about being able to move and travel at your leisure. The best.
"I love being able..."
"I love being able to make any decision I want without consulting someone else and making sure they're on board."
Yes, everything becomes a negotiation. I don't miss that right now.
"I went to visit family..."
"I went to visit family and spent a few days at a resort by myself. Best vacation ever."
Now that sounds great! I need to do that myself in the coming months...
"My secret ability..."
"My secret ability to somehow be about 5 feet tall but take up an entire king size bed makes for one of my favorite things about being single."
Ah, yes. I have a queen size bed and it's a magical feeling.
"You can make dinner..."
"You can make dinner for two and then eat it whole."
Ah, I already do this.
I'm ahead of the curve!
"Not having to think..."
"Not having to think about how your actions affect your partner."
It IS pretty nice not having to worry about what another person thinks, that's for sure.
"You can be gross..."
"Freedom. You can be gross, travel, spend money on anything, decorate, eat anything, basically just be completely selfish to whatever degree you like."
Freedom is wonderful! It's been a few years of this and let me tell you, they've been fun.
"I can stay up late..."
"No one’s in your business 24/7. I can stay up late with the lamp on reading. I can watch whatever film I like. I can eat whatever I want for dinner. I can go about my day without stepping on eggshells or having to consider someone else. At this point in my life, it’s complete bliss."
Good for you! It sounds like you've found what works for you.
"I do not miss..."
"No obligation. I do not miss being dragged into things I have zero interest in. The expectation to always be on their side, no matter their actions. I called out an ex for being a hypocrite and they got pissed at me."
"Do I WANT to be single? Not really. Would I rather be single, than with someone I have little in common with? Hell. Yes."
It sounds like you're better off, so enjoy being single while you can!
"I'm not going to..."
"I’m not going to cheat on myself and leave myself emotionally devastated. Again. Also, if I have to divorce myself, I just get all my own money."
Cheating can emotionally devastate a partner. Sorry that happened to you and hopefully you're better now.
Hey, single people! Don't feel sad. There's much to appreciate in your position. Believe me, there are plenty of people out there who are in relationships and are no doubt envious.
Have some experiences of your own? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!
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Single people can be thrown the most invasive questions. So of course, they have to find witty answers. This is partially to save face, but also to make the other person embarrassed for even asking.
u/Loveablealienstitch asked: What's the best response to "Why don't you have a boyfriend?"
For the last time mom, I'm not gay.
The GD question just won't go away And I get asked every single day But the way they ask it is not a disguise Like, "how was your day, do you like to kiss guys?"
Do you need it or just want it?Giphy
"Do you need me to have a boyfriend?"
But what if they say "yes because you look miserable" or something like that, then what?
Your dad stopped returning my calls.
Not sure I can use that with my grandparents...
Where'd he go?
Look extremely shocked.
"I... I don't? Where did he go?!"
Then walk away.
"Don't you see him? He's right beside you". said in a very creepy/crazy voice also works
"Because people don't usually volunteer to be disappointed."
"Let's go to the un-amusement park!" - nobody ever.
I've just been incredibly lucky so far!
No green thumb.Giphy
"I don't have a green thumb! All my plants and boyfriends keep dying!"
I'll give it a go. I've never been killed.
What a hunk.
I do, he's in the refrigerator. Want a slice?
Gives a new definition to "My boyfriend is a hunk... of meat."
We love a good Vine reference.
I'm a lesbian, Karen.
I thought you were American.
Now yes, love is a wonderful thing. Finding your second half, your "other" to complete you is a beautiful thing. But if that hasn't been your journey thus far, don't feel bad. Being single, not alone, SINGLE is a very healthy choice. Sometimes love, or what we perceive as love can ruin you. We're all trained by society to believe that being single makes us unworthy and nothing could be farther from the truth.
Redditor u/05_16k wanted to here about the upside to the single life by asking.... Singles of Reddit, what do you like most about being single?