There are many reasons why one would choose the single life, but since we’re genetically shoved toward mating, I guess they’re technically excuses. There’s a difference. If you don’t do your homework, your excuse could be “the dog ate it” but the reason is you found something you’d rather do.
So, allow me to examine the top implications.
“Why are you single?”
- Man: I can’t afford a girlfriend. Woman: I can’t afford another messy pet.
- I’m not over my ex.
- I’m too lazy to do all the swiping and messaging required nowadays.
- I’m quite content, even happy to be on my own.
- Men/Women suck.
- I don’t have time.
“You haven’t been in any long-term relationships recently.”
(I usually ask for qualification here with, “Define ‘long-term’ and ‘recently.’” They both tend to be the duration and time since her last boyfriend. The best answer here is, “Have so,” but that rarely prevents further questioning.)
- I keep looking for something better.
- I’m too set in my ways (read: selfish).
- I don’t date the girlfriend type—more the on-her-back-frequently type.
- I just haven’t met the right one yet.
- I don’t want to waste someone’s time. If it isn’t working, I set her free.
- I have poor taste in women.
“Why don’t you consider women who are older, religious, or with young children or dogs?”
- Because I don’t have to. I see older guys with hot young women, and it gives me hope.
- Stress sucks.
- Nature forces me toward women with full egg sacks, even though I’m fixed.
- I do. Those women typically don’t consider me.
- They’re all taken.
- I’m allergic.
The best excuse to give to all the above is, “I have a condition, and I can’t talk about it.” That ends all inquisitions, and creates peace. Peace is good.