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

Always choose the third option.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Posted on May 23, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:06 pm CDT

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.

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:

And then there were the lyrical jokes.

Speaking of those who prefer the companionship of pets…

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

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

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


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