Whether you're single or taken, people will debate which lifestyle is better for you and your well-being.
Thanks to research, you don't have to be in the dark about the answer to that question. Recent research indicates that single people have greater benefits than those who are married or in a relationship.
Single People Are Better At Keeping Siblings Close
If you're single with a few siblings, you're better at keeping them close to you in your adult life.
Those who get married end up having less contact with their brothers and sisters.
People Who Are Always Single Are More Attentive To Close Ones
The longer you've been single, the more attentive you are to family, neighbors, and friends. You don't need much research to know this is true.
Your partner takes up most of your time.
Single People Lose Connection With Their Parents
For some, this could be a good thing, while for others it could be a bad thing.
Once you get married, you start to lose the connection you had with your parents while you tend to your spouse.
Married Men Suffer More From Sexual Issues
Studies indicate that married men are the ones experiencing more issues in bed.
They're the ones having more problems climaxing too early, or even experience pain during intercourse. Tying the knot just makes things worse.
Single Women Are Healthier Than Married Men
Decades-long research indicates that women who are always single show signs of being healthier than men who are currently married.
That's shocking, but it doesn't sound too out of this world.
Single Women Have Better Health Than Married Women
The National Health Interview Study (of women only) indicated that single women have fewer days in bed because of fewer doctors' visits.
Overall, they have better health than married women.
Single Men Are Less Likely To Have Heart Disease
Men who are single are less likely than their married counterparts to experience heart disease.
An eight-year study of heart disease provided this fact, basing it on a good sample of Americans.
CDC Data Suggests Women Who Get Married Get Bigger
If the CDC hadn't suggested this one, I wouldn't have included it. It also says this is the case for some men as well.
By getting bigger, I don't mean lifting weights.
Single Wounded Warriors Are Most Resilient
The RAND Corporation studied members of the military since the events of 9/11.
Compared to those married or divorced, the single ones were less likely to exhibit signs of PTSD and the like.
Single People Exercise More
I think anyone could've figured this one out. Single people exercise more than married folks, and so do the divorced.
It seems like there are plenty of benefits to staying single so far.
Single People Have More Diverse Friends
Married people like to call kin important folks in their lives, but singles will include those who aren't kin as vital as well.
So you'll notice that singles have more diversity in their friend groups.
Singles Are More Likely To Volunteer
Yet another strength of the single person is being more likely to volunteer for civic organizations compared to married folks.
They have more time on their hands, so this makes sense without research.
Less Debt For Single People
This just in: singles have less debt than married people, even if they don't have any kids.
Investing in weddings, homes, and other couple-related things adds up in a big way.
Single Men Are More Generous To Friends
A study involving only men found that singles are more generous to their friends than men who get married.
This is something to pay attention to because married men earn higher pay.
Solitude Brings Benefits
For those who value the single life and are single at heart, they tend to see benefits from the solitude.
This is only true if the person actually likes being alone.
Singles Are Less Materialistic
The research indicates that singles care less about materialistic things.
They don't need to look for that fancy bracelet for their partner, nor do they need to look dazzling because their spouse wanted them that way.
Valuing Meaningful Work
Yep, when you're single, you tend to value meaningful work more. Sure, you don't have any kids or a spouse, so that energy has to go towards something.
Your work is where it goes.
Singles Are More Self-Sufficient
Those who remain single for some time develop a stronger capacity for self-sufficiency. This trait allows them to experience less negative emotion compared to those married or in relationships.
The single life sounds great.
Men In Relationships Spend Less Time Pursuing Things That Don't Only Benefit Them
Read that back and tell me how selfish that sounds.
Singles, on the other hand, have no problems going to unions, professional societies, and other organizations that help others as well.
Married People Don't Help With Parents As Much
It's like once you get married, you forget about your roots. Studies show that single people help their parents more than those with in-laws.
Mom and Dad still get help from single children, while their married kids are off making families of their own.
Single People Have Fewer Regrets
Single people don't have as many regrets because they can make more big life decisions based only on their wants.
Because they're making their decisions only for themselves, they tend to make ones they're happier with.
Single People Are More In Touch With Themselves
Single people tend to be more in touch with themselves than people who are in relationships.
They become more self-sufficient and grow to love their own company and find comfort in it.
Single People Generally Feel More Fufilled
When you're single, you have more time to focus on what you want and think about what you need to do to get there.
Because single people have this extra time and energy and only need to consider their needs while making life decisions, they're more likely to feel fulfilled.
People Who Are Single Travel More
Being able to travel is such a fun thing to do.
Single people are more likely to travel more because they don't have to plan their trips around another person's availability, financial situation, or ability to get time off.
Single People Tend Not To Settle
When you're comfortable with being single, you're less likely to settle for a relationship that won't be good for you.
Single people know they don't need anyone else to make them happy, so they look for relationships that add to their life.
People Who Are More Single Have More Time
Being single means that you don't have to plan anything around anyone.
Single people have more time to do the things they want, like travel, learn, and work on themselves. They even have more time to relax.
Single People Get To Eat Whatever They Want
A single person gets to eat whatever they want. They don't have to deal with someone who has very different tastes than them or stricter dietary restrictions.
A single person needs to worry about pleasing themselves only at mealtime.
Single People Sleep Better
It should come as no surprise that single people sleep better.
There isn't anyone snoring super loud or someone hogging the bed. Every night is a peaceful, quiet sleep when you're single.
People Who Are Single Have Better Sex
People who aren't in long-term committed relationships have better sex, and they're having more of it.
When you move into serious relationship territory, there tends to be less of a need or want for sex because of busy lives or someone's needs change.
Single People Are Usually Better Educated
Single people are more likely to have higher education than people who are married or in serious relationships.
It's because they have the and financial resources, which a married person isn't as likely to have.