On this week’s episode of Single in Stilettos, founder and matchmaker Suzanne Oshima talks to relationship expert Duana Welch to offer their dating advice on how to handle the difficult question: “Why are you single?”  Learn how you can  answer this inquiry in a smart way with the following dating tips!

Dating Advice On Handling Questions About Your Single Status

1.  Explain your position.  If the question offends you, you can tell the asker you don’t like being asked this and why. Or another option you can try is being honest about why you’re single in a way that’s lighthearted.  “My man-picker is broken,” “I’m in a relationship with chocolate,” or “I’m in a relationship with myself” are all nice ways you can answer this question without adding awkward tension.

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2.  Consider before you speak. Yes, this question is loaded and invasive, but it’s also important that you know the asker’s intent before answering. Are they being snarky? Or are they showing sincere concern? If they’re not asking from a place of love, then you can respond to their inquiry as respectfully as possible and redirect the conversation back on them. No need for drama.

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3. Use your own dating service. If the person who asked you this question actually cares about your single status, you can turn this around by using their network. Tell them you’re not sure why you’re single and ask if they want to help you. This could potentially get you a date  with someone special.  People love being matchmakers, so enlist their help if you trust them.

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