Being single on Valentine's Day has to suck, right? You just sit there in your sweats all day, stuffing your face with whatever's in your fridge, bitterly scrolling through your Instagram feed, which is inundated with saccharine boyfriend- and girlfriend-dedicated posts.
Well, actually, no. The choice is up to you. This goes for taken people, too: You don't have to give into the pressure that the card aisle at the drugstore puts on you.
Singledom has such a sad "cat lady" stigma — and research has even supported the idea that married people are generally happier with their lives and that loneliness could cause people to die prematurely (not scary at all!).
But it seems that singles are uniting to combat the oppressive force that is Valentine's Day, using humor and self-empowerment, with the hashtag #SingleLifeIn3Words — popularized by last night's episode of @midnight on Comedy Central. Because research has also said that alone time is essential for clearing your mind and combatting depression.
Many people used it as a chance to empower themselves:
Happy, focused, stress-free #SingleLifeIn3Words
— Moniii (@moniii9268) February 12, 2016
focusing on yourself 💪🏻#SingleLifeIn3Words
— Danielle Sandler (@daniellesandler) February 12, 2016
#SingleLifeIn3Words MORE F*CKING FUN!
— Geordie Shore (@mtvgeordieshore) February 12, 2016
#SingleLifeIn3Words i love myself
— turnt tia (@RWYAJUSTIN) February 12, 2016
treat. yo. self. #SingleLifeIn3Words
— Uncle Jesse (@chuysancho) February 12, 2016
#SingleLifeIn3Words True love waits ✨
— Jesse Perkins (@jesseTperkins) February 12, 2016
Others went the let's-not-take-this-too-seriously route:
#SingleLifeIn3Words iPhone without passcode.
— Mr. Drinks On Me (@Mr_DrinksOnMe) February 12, 2016
Non-stop farting #SingleLifeIn3Words
— Anthony Riordan (@KerryComedian) February 12, 2016
Relationship Status: Cucumber
— Franzi Tulpstein (@Tulpstein) February 12, 2016
Emergency contact? ...Mom. #SingleLifeIn3Words @midnight
— mia (@MiaPinchoff) February 12, 2016
Toilet Paper Lasts #SingleLifeIn3Words @midnight
— Mr. Brightside (@Will3K85) February 12, 2016
And apparently, a lot of people would prefer food and Netflix to having a cuddle buddy:
#SingleLifeIn3Words Fries before guys
— Noreen Khan (@DJNoreenKhan) February 12, 2016
#SingleLifeIn3Words Netflix and nobody
— Dylan O'Brien (@obriendyl) February 12, 2016
#SingleLifeIn3Words Large Cheese Pizza
— Matt (@vipregan) February 12, 2016
#SingleLifeIn3Words netflix won't cheat 😅🙌🏽💯
— ✨ mami chula ✨ (@itsmarianabih) February 12, 2016
So, this V-Day, sit back, relax, binge-watch the show of your choice (no need to compromise!), and enjoy not having to live up to some commercialized notion of romance.