8 things you should never say to your newly single friend

People tend to dish out pep talks and advice more often when you’re single, and the funny thing is you aren’t even seeking it. So when you’re the non-single friend, remember that. Here’s all the things you should steer away from saying, and a huge thanks to my single friends who weighed in.

1. “How Are You Still Single?”

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You mean well by offering a compliment, but this question can actually have the opposite reaction. By saying your friend is too great to be single also implies that there is something wrong with single people. And you have to remember that your friend is one of those single people now. Who says being single isn’t great? Being single can actually be amazing.

2. “I Can’t Even Imagine Being Single.”

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How would it feel if a single person said “I can’t even imagine being married?” The same. It’s not ever good to try to put yourself in your friend’s shoes, and then say you failed at doing it. On top of that you are asking them to justify how their relationship status makes them feel, and it’s something they probably don’t want to share. Your friend needs support and this is far from offering support.

3. “That’s why you’re single.”

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STFU. It’s only okay for one to say this about themselves. You have no right to call your friend out for being single, unless you just have an honest and deep relationship with them.

4. “I wish I knew someone to set you up with.”

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Is there even a point of you saying this if you don’t have anyone in mind? Instead offer to keep your eyes open and let your friend find someone on their own in the meantime. What are dating apps for?

5. “There are plenty of fish in the sea.”

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Your single friend knows this, but right now there isn’t a single fish and you need to back them up on that. If your friend just went through a break-up, their past relationship is still lingering. The feelings for their ex haven’t completely vanished, so in their head that ex was their one fish. Also, if there are plenty then why is your friend single? Think about that.

6. “You will meet someone when you least expect it.”

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This can be true, if you’re lucky. But for the most part many single people aren’t that lucky. Single people are always pursuing love, so how can any situation be an unexpected one? This statement can also serve up the opposite reaction because it makes your friend seem like they’re always expecting to find their one.

7. “I need you to find someone so we can double date.”

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Is this about you or about your friend who is very upset about being single? This is basically like saying you don’t want to hang out with your friend because they aren’t cool enough on their own. Instead you should be supporting them by hanging out all the time to help them forget about being single.

8. “I wish I were single.”

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No you don’t. If you really did, you’d be single right now.

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