With Valentine’s Day less than a week away, public displays of affection and declarations of love are unavoidable – much to the despair of those who don’t have someone to share it with.
And as February 14 approaches singletons have taken to Twitter to share the hilarious and heart-breaking reasons they will be spending the holiday alone.
Posting their pictures, memes and gifs under the hashtag #WhyImSingle some admitted they simply haven’t found the right person, while others were able to make light of their situations.
Lonely hearts club: Singletons are sharing the amusing reasons they’re single from eating habits to their personalities using the hashtag #WhyImSingle on Twitter
Viral: Thousands of memes, gifs, anecdotes and jokes have been posted under the hashtag comedian Jimmy Fallon started in 2011
Star power: Even celebrities are taking part in the fun online challenge
And even celebrities are taking part.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton shared that he is single because, ‘Most gay men hate me’.
Actor Marshall Williams joked: ‘I ate a tide pod’.
Former American Idol contestant Mandisa suggested that her future husband must have lost his way and is refusing to ask for directions.
And despite being married to his wife Nancy Juvonen since 2007, Jimmy Fallon tweeted, ‘I eat the top layer of my popcorn using only my tongue.’
Fallon started the trend in 2011 when he asked viewers to tweet him examples using the hashtag.
Still going strong seven years later, Twitter user Sandra Montalvo joked: ‘Apparently you have to talk to people and go outside in order to date…’
And Rachel Crowder wrote: ‘Me: I want a bf. Guy: Hey are you free this weekend? Me, in bed by 8 PM with a book: I’m SO busy!’
One Twitter user joked: ‘Because my future husband is lost and refuses to ask for directions.’
Topical: One woman referenced the news this week that Doritos are planning on making a quieter crisp for women
Crumb down: Another blamed their Pringles eating technique
Take a break: One man knew exactly what was holding his love life back – the way he ate a KitKat
Food for thought: Another food related tweet made the cut
Referencing the news this week Doritos plans to introduce ‘lady-friendly’ crisps, one woman added: ‘I eat Doritos too loudly.’
And staying with the snack theme, Twitter user Ann had a similar snack-related reason: ‘I eat Pringles in a stack of 5 at a time and ‘drink’ the crumbs from the can, when they’re all gone’.
It wasn’t just the women who were sharing their sorry tales, with one man agreeing that his snacking habits were preventing him from finding love.
‘I eat KitKat this way,’ he said posting an image of the biscuit with a huge chunk taken out of it.
‘I’m single by choice. Not my choice. But it’s still a choice,’ one person added sarcastically.
Dating pool: NBC reporter Megan Toth joked that those tweeting were technically potential suitors
Excuses: Others tweeted the excuses they use
Hey girl: Australian writer Lucy Valentine poked fun at her own reaction to men approaching her
Honest: While many offered light-hearted responses others were prepared to admit that their standards are too high
While many were able to laugh at being alone, others were obviously in the throes of heartache.
One heartbroken man tweeted to say: ‘She left me and found someone better.’
Another simply stated: ‘Cuz nobody likes me… (sic)’.
Surprisingly many were prepared to admit that their standards are too high.
One honest social media wrote: ‘I crush on too many celebrities or fictional characters, meaning I have unreasonably high expectations’.
‘No man deserves me’: another boldly tweeted.
A-lister: Another woman revealed her celebrity crushes have set the bar too high for regular guys
Ego: Another woman took to the social networking site to share her high expectations
Funny guy: Actor Marshall Williams joked that he was single because he ate a Tide pod
Mark Hudson was similarly sarcastic in his reply. He posted a meme that read: ‘My idea of flirting is being as sarcastic as humanly possible and seeing if you can handle it’.
A sentiment shared by Chiedza Kaseke who deadpanned: ‘I didn’t send that cursed text to 30 people before midnight in 2013’.
And Jane Hopper joked: ‘me: good question also me: *boy asks me out* omg I’m so busy and not looking for somethingseriousoranything and I really need to focus on me me again: why tf am I single what did I do’.
Other people revealed their celebrity crushes were the reason they couldn’t find love.
Twitter user Chloe wrote: ‘Justin Bieber set my standards for real boys way too high’.