In the age of social media, it didn't happen if it's not on the Internet.
This phenomenon can get especially painful on Valentine's Day for lonely souls feeling envious of the lovebirds on their social media feed.
While there is nothing wrong with being single, there are some who feel the pressure to appear 'attached'.
For those with deeper pockets, renting a partner may be an option, but in times of austerity, it takes ingenuity to upkeep that image.
Thankfully, a Thai photographer is here to save the day with his nifty tricks to deceive your social media audience.
All you need is some props and a lot of flexibility:
How about showing the cheeky side of your imaginary 'girlfriend'?
Or how about the 'follow me to' pose made famous by Russian photographer Murad Osmann and his wife Natalia Zakharova?
Can't eat alone? Fret not:
Going by the alias 'Rainyokohama55' on his Facebook page, Thai photographer Assarin Saelim's photo album, entitled 'A collection of how to get by on Valentine's day' has since been shared over 240,000 times, garnering over 147,000 reactions.
Fake it till you make it, they say.