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The Struggle is Real: 6 Awkward Things That Only Single People Dread

Living the single life is often thought of as a good thing. The single life involves nights out with friends as well as much-needed alone time. It involves freedom and no commitment to another person. While this might sound great (and it can be), there are downsides to being single that people don't often talk about. Single life can be uncomfortable and lonely, and there are certain moments in life that make it worse. We've got six awkward things that single people dread:

1. Family Get-Togethers

Is there anything worse than your mom's cousin's wife's sister asking why you're still single after all this time? Your family is supposed to be on your side always, but they can be particularly insensitive when it comes to being single. This is what makes family parties difficult for single people. There's only so many times you can hear your great aunt remind you that you're getting older and need to “find someone“. Or how about the family members that are still hung up on one of your exes and constantly bring them up? Yikes!

2. Being Invited to a Wedding

While most people are excited when they receive a wedding invitation, single people dread being invited to weddings. Wedding invitations always come with a “plus one”, meaning you need to find a date. This isn't always an easy task. Do you bring the person you casually hooked up with a few times last month? Do you just bring a friend? Do you go alone and risk being scrutinized? You can see how wedding invitations bring single people a dilemma they do not want to face!

3. Facebook

Scrolling through Facebook is already annoying. It's especially annoying for single people. Facebook feeds are full of engagement announcements, wedding photos, pregnancy ultrasounds and long anniversary tributes. This can be nauseating to any person, but it makes a single person's eyes roll back so far in their head, they could see their brain.

4. Holiday Parties

The holidays in general are a hard time for single people. You feel lonely and wish you had a partner to get gifts for (or to get you gifts). The hardest things for single people during this time are the holiday parties. You have to go to work parties and be surrounded by all your co-workers and their significant others. There will be parties where you're the only single person there. It's just…awkward.

5. Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping is a particularly depressing task for single people. Grocery shopping for a single person consists of a lot of junk food and microwavable meals. While some single people do cook themselves elaborate, thought-out meals, many just get simple stuff. It would be a lot more fun to have a significant other to plan out meals for and go grocery shopping with.

6. When Your Best Friend Starts Dating Someone

Ugh. This is one of the worst moments for a single person. When you're single, you rely very much on your friends. You go places together. You spend your time at one another's homes. Your friends take the place of a significant other. So when one of your closest friends starts dating someone, it throws a wrench in your whole system. Now that your friend is in a relationship, they can't be your substitute partner anymore. They'll often start neglecting you and spending their time with their boyfriend or girlfriend. This is the single person's worst nightmare: they have to spend their time with themselves.

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Sex and the City: 8 Things You Never Knew About Dating in a Big City

Most of us have seen an episode or two…or a hundred of the hit show Sex and the City. For those of us who live in small towns, it gave us a glimpse of what it's like to be single and dating in a big city. We saw how stressful and hectic it could be, but we also saw how spontaneous and exciting it could be, too. Dating in a big city is an entirely different endeavor than small-town dating. To give you some more insight, we've put together eight things that anyone who has dated in a big city knows to be true:

1. You rarely see the same person twice.

Since there's so many people in the city, you rarely see the same person twice. This is great if you don't want to run into an ex. It's not great if you want to run into the cute guy you saw at the coffee shop on a random day.

2. You meet some real unique people.

Big cities are full of all kinds of freaks and geeks. Okay, maybe that's not the nicest way of saying it. Let's call them “interesting characters”. Dating in a big city means you're going to meet some real weirdos – so be prepared.

3. Public transportation is a great way to meet people.

Sure, the subway is crowded and smells like urine, but it gives you a great chance to meet someone. It's real easy to make small talk with an attractive stranger when you trapped in a subway car together.

4. You'll have to deal with roommates and cramped apartments.

Living in a big city isn't cheap. When you start dating someone new, odds are they're living in an apartment the size of a closet…with three roommates. Dating in a big city is certainly not for the claustrophobic.

5. There's never a shortage of date ideas.

One of the huge pros about dating in a big city is that there's always something interesting to do. No matter what you or your potential partner enjoys, odds are there's something going on that will be fun to do on a date.

6. Dating someone on the other side of the city is out of the question.

It might sound reasonable. At least they still live in the same city. …no. Dating in a big city means your new beau needs to live within walking distance. No one wants to take the subway or pay taxi fare any more than they have to.

7. Work is the number one priority.

For a lot of people living in the city, most of their time is consumed by work. Someone has to pay for that closet-sized apartment! If you can't deal with someone's job occupying their time, you might find dating in a big city difficult.

8. You need to have thick skin.

If you're planning on dating in a big city, you'll need to toughen up. Like we mentioned earlier, you're going to meet a lot of interesting characters. Some of those characters will steal your heart…and then shatter it. You have to learn how to take a loss and move forward fast.