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Are you single, taken, or tired of this meme?

Always choose the third option.

May 23, 2018, 12:47 pm

Internet Culture

Stacey Ritzen 

Stacey Ritzen

Modern relationships are complicated, to say the least—the guy who literally wrote the book on them doesn’t seem to grasp the language of consent. It’s why many people would rather hang out with their pets than a significant other. And don’t even get us started on dating. In light of all this, the “single, taken, or X” meme is here to help. Or at least shed some humor onto what can otherwise be a fairly grim outlook.

The meme is not exactly a new one, as the earliest found instance on Twitter dates back five years to June of 2013, when @PrettyPink_2014 posted this sentiment we can probably all get down with.

https://twitter.com/PrettyPink_2014/status/346446190562381826

From there it was used sparingly over the years, but every now and then a tweet would go viral.

https://twitter.com/FriendlyAssh0le/status/674064585519931392

https://twitter.com/_CollegeHumor_/status/665918583021674496

We may also have the @DepressedDarth parody account to thank for keeping it alive.

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/674492431769853956

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/678361451980070912

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/685759178892161024

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/712603567119474688

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/769991702014730240

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/887503436354375685

https://twitter.com/DepressedDarth/status/960338071656042496

But for whatever reason—as the internet is near impossible to predict—the meme seems to have exploded in popularity in the past week, as hundreds of others chimed in about their relationship (or lack thereof) status.

First, there were the brutally honest takes:

https://twitter.com/drunklouiswt/status/999208085473447936

And then there were the lyrical jokes.

https://twitter.com/luvismo/status/999060012390432769

https://twitter.com/mgcthatsall/status/999307617037111300

https://twitter.com/bassisthugs/status/998935222665269248

Speaking of those who prefer the companionship of pets…

Aren’t we all, Brianna. Aren’t we all.

https://twitter.com/gyIInehaals/status/998327194211569664

And then there were the requisite absurd takes on the meme.

https://twitter.com/CestDjor/status/998380009181138946

See? Maybe things aren’t so bleak, after all!

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*First Published: May 23, 2018, 12:47 pm