I know I've posted a few threads this week, but I feel this is relivent and I wanted some input as to why this happens... I came home for a few days (spring break) and now pretty much everyone back home that I'm friends with knows that I'm in a relationship/really happy right now. My question is why is it that 'interested parties' always seem to come out in swarms when you are clearly in a happy relationship? For example, since I've been back, a couple of my friends/aquaintences from back home have told me "Yeah I see you have a boyfriend now, don't blame me if I'm a little jealous", "You know that I really had a thing for you for a while, it sucks that you're with someone right now", "I wish you would have been single just a little longer, I was totally gonna ask you on a date" These are people who either never said ANYTHING before, or just casualy flirted with me before I started dating the SO. I've seen this done a lot to each other over the years by both sexes to and my question is why do people feel the need to tell you these things NOW? I have a theory that it's because when you're in a relationship there's a REASON you would reject them (ie: "oh sorry but I have a boyfriend") and it makes the rejection a little less harsh. Whereas, if you're single and you turn someone down, it's simply because you don't want that person at all. Obviously there's more to this and it's really made me interested to find out why people do this. Any thoughts?