Marriage was once considered a societal norm and it remains to be so in some cultures even now. If you weren't married or on the way to becoming betrothed then you were considered a loner or spinster. In many cultures, it could hurt your family's status and finances. Still, I could never understand why single people today are looked upon with sorry eyes, especially when the tables have turned.
According to a study by CityLab and the Martin Prosperity Institute, over half of all Americans are single today. Why is that? Well, some folks are happily single. Another reason is that they are looking for their soul mate and do not want to compromise, NYU sociology professor Eric Klinenberg told PRI. He also mentions a "paradox-of-choice" problem in which we have so many different options that it becomes difficult for us to settle on just one.
If there's anything we've learned, it's that the reasons for being single are not so clearcut. Let's continue exploring them, shall we?
A few years ago, Jimmy Fallon began sharing some of his favorite #WhyImSingle tweets on The Tonight Show. Here's one to start with. Twitter user derpin_irwin wrote, "When I had a boyfriend, I brought him over to meet my parents and my dad pretended to rob us to see if he would protect me."
Ready for more? Continue reading and get ready to laugh at how painfully relatable some of these are.
Sometimes it's better to keep things to yourself but one day there will be someone who loves the unfiltered you. One day.
Sometimes I walk by a tall muscly person and say out loud "our children could be Spartans" #whyimsingle
— Ty (@tsgshorn) October 25, 2016
Ever have those moments where you can't think clearly because a song is stuck in your head?
I break into song of Uptown Funk almost every 5 minutes& try to include it in every conversation. Dont believe me? Just watch. #whyimsingle
— kim (@keemsr) February 11, 2015
Have you been working hard? Your day will come to play harder.
Guy: Any plans for the weekend?😅😘
Me: Work. #WhyImSingle
— Michelle Dy (@michelle_dy) October 28, 2016
If you're not the best at spelling, double check before you send. Things like this can be a deal breaker.
him: your single? why?
— Dani Fernandez (@msdanifernandez) May 3, 2015
"Sorry, I don't date muggles." We don't blame this girl for living in the wizarding world.
Reciting the lines to the Harry Potter movies..while watching them. Sometimes randomly while driving.. #whyimsingle
— I'm Crystal (@aureliacrystal) November 2, 2016
Sometimes it's not even your fault that you're single. Thanks a lot, dad.
My stepdad tells every guy I bring home, "whatever you do to my daughter, I'll do to you" #WhyImSingle
— lise (@lisefranz) February 12, 2015
Here's one way to ruin a good thing. There's a fine line between kind and creepy.
One time I told a girl she was beautiful, and after she responded with thank you, I said, "ya I've been watching you a lot." #WhyImSingle
— Ring By Spring (@ringbyspringlu) February 11, 2015
There's someone out there who will fall in love with you for the Jedi that you are.
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Last time I walked into a supermarket I opened the automatic sliding doors Jedi-like while the Imperial March was playing. #WHYIMSINGLE
— ann-chris (@Annchris91) February 11, 2015
And on occasion, usually when we're at a point when we've "seen it all," this might happen.
*Casually on Tinder*
He's attractive… *Squints eyes* TOO attractive.. I DONT TRUST YOU. *Swipes*
-Reasons why I'm single-
— Jessica (@Sitatuen) May 4, 2016
Relate to any yet? There's more where that came from!
I refuse to give up my side of the bed. Which is both sides, because I sleep like a fucking star fish. #WhyImSingle
— page (@PaigeSorenson) February 11, 2015
— Kate Sundbye (@KateSunshine) October 16, 2016