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.
From there it was used sparingly over the years, but every now and then a tweet would go viral.
🔘 trying to get zendaya to acknowledge my existence
— blm donny (@_donnydrama) October 19, 2017
We may also have the @DepressedDarth parody account to thank for keeping it alive.
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:
⚪️ single. ⚪️ taken. 🔘 drinks a lot.
— natalee 👑 (@NataleeHatfield) May 17, 2018
🔘 bROKEN DO YOU HEAR MEeEeEeeE
— ella🍒 is looking for moots (@zoneshua) May 23, 2018
And then there were the lyrical jokes.
🔘 no James Dean, heartthrob, daydream. Bad hair, black jeans, not cool, suits me. Girls won’t date me, guys all hate me.
— Dani (@danihines182) May 22, 2018
Speaking of those who prefer the companionship of pets…
⚪️ looking for more
🔘 my dog is my world, my precious son, the light of my life, and the only thing that matters
— Aced It: on Hiatus (@aceditpod) May 22, 2018
Aren’t we all, Brianna. Aren’t we all.
And then there were the requisite absurd takes on the meme.
🔘 trapped in the hyperbolic time chamber and all i can do is lift forever with piccolo who is my best friend and i love him very much
— merritt k (@merrittk) May 21, 2018
🔘 in a relationship with this picture of homer lookin lile a snacc pic.twitter.com/pAGRpOh6PQ
— alva (@alvabama) May 21, 2018
See? Maybe things aren’t so bleak, after all!