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Why am I single? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Nichi Hodgson

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries
‘I recommend blaming Plato. He was the one who alerted humans to a lack of an ‘other half’, setting into a motion a sense of maudlin shortcoming that has stalked the non-partnered ever since.’ Photograph: Alamy

It’s easy to blame yourself. But I recommend blaming Plato. After all, he was the one who alerted humans to a “lack” of an “other half”, all the way back in about 400BC, so setting into motion a sense of maudlin shortcoming that has stalked the non-partnered every New Year since.

After a festive period spent watching other couples and family units feast, snog, and fight their way through to 1 January, it’s easy to feel ever more, roughly one in three of the adult population. With numbers that high, disabuse yourself of the notion you’re either too unattractive or unlovable to be coupled up, and instead consider the following.

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