There's a question that plagues many single folk whenever they find themselves at a family gathering, high school reunion, or any other situation in which small talk is involved: "Are you seeing anyone?" It's such a weird inquiry, if you think about it. Asking someone for a status update on their love life is like asking about their most recent dentist appointment. It's personal, it's not always pleasant, and if you haven't heard anything, things are probably the same.
Regardless, someone is going to probably ask at some point. So instead of yelling at your Aunt Jennifer about how reductive that question is, or going on a rant about the dozens of Tinder messages that never amounted to anything, we've come up with a handful of pithy responses. They run the gamut from sassy to sarcastic to sincere, so feel free to tailor your answers to whoever is asking. (No need to make grandma cry, guys.) And if none of these work, feel free to pull a Rihanna and let your aunt know how disappointing the question is. It'll feel great — promise.
Turn the question around, and your inquirer might realize how silly it is.
"You'll have to follow up with my publicist for further questions."
That's what Instagram is for!
Who needs to be tied down to one?
If your love life is so interesting, people must be talking about it — right?
Do you accept this rose?
Add a wink, and just walk away.
Who knows? You could get a set up out of this terrible question!
They're working 'round the clock!
Some people may think that single people are just sitting home, feeling sorry about themselves. But sometimes, a little solo time is good for the soul.
He'll call one of these days.
Have you seen Meryl Streep's wardrobe in It's Complicated?
Assemble the brain trust!
Do your best Kellyanne Conway and redirect the focus onto all the badass stuff you're doing on your own.
Sometimes, people just don't know that their prodding into your personal life can sting a little. So don't be afraid to point out why you'd rather talk about other things. Most of the time, people will be totally respectful of this. And if they're not, you can just walk away.