This is one question to which I've yet been able to come to understand. What I'm looking is more of opinions in this case.
To make a long story short, I very recently was asked this question 3 times over a period of 2 days by 4 different people (kind of eerie sounding). The first was my uncle. I was discussing living expenses to get an idea of what kind of budget I would need over at where he lives. The conversation ultimately reached a point of him asking me if I had a girlfriend. When I answered "no" he then asked me "But you are planning to find one and settle down right?" When I again answered "no" he gave me a funny look, the same kind that people have been giving me whenever the same question has risen in the past and when he asked why, I answered "because I don't want to"
My grandparents followed by saying that I only thought that way now but that as I grew older I would want to find someone to settle down with.
Last but not least (and although it has been a while) was my mother. I was talking to her over the phone and she made the remark by saying "after you get back (I wasn't in my country) you can look for another, better paying job and go find yourself a nice girl to settle down with" My reaction was "one faces enough problems alone to be paying attention to someone else, besides I don't share the popular ideas that people have" to which she responded that not everyone was the same. True in a way I suppose but not enough to convince me.
I mean, I have nothing against this. It's just something that when I've given it thought, it hasn't offered me any strong enough reason for me to act on the quest of looking for someone to share my life with.
I can understand that it may be a social/cultural thing but why are people so obsessed with the idea that everyone just has to find someone to settle down with that when someone tells them that they don't want to, it earns them such a reaction of shock?