The single life: Why it's better to be solo
Live the life you want
Your time is your own
When there’s something you want to do, just do it. No need to explain, talk it over or ask permission. When you’re single, how you spend your time is a decision, not a negotiation.
Bing: Enjoy being single
When you’re in a committed relationship, you spend a lot of time figuring out who the two of you are as a couple. Once you have a family, you may end up defining yourself by your roles as parent, spouse and so on. When you’re single, you have the chance to really get to know yourself, discover who you truly are, and determine your own values, beliefs and goals.
More job opportunities
If you’re single, you have a better chance of finding work than people who are married. That’s the word from CNNMoney.com and the University of Chicago, which found that by 2012 single Americans had recovered 90 percent of the 5 million jobs they lost after the 2009 financial crisis whereas married Americans had recovered only 22 percent of the 6 million jobs they once held. Among the reasons cited by researchers, single people are more flexible and better equipped to accept jobs that might require them to relocate or that pay less than their previous jobs.
Bing: Job-hunting advice
It’s no secret that relationships sometimes make people lazy about keeping in shape. Science now agrees. An Ohio State University study confirmed that both marriage and divorce often cause people over 30 to pack on extra pounds. Single people are more likely to remain slender.
Freedom to flirt
Flirting is fun, regardless of your relationship status, but it can get a little complicated when you’re part of a couple. Being single means that you are free to flirt whenever and with whomever you choose. No guilt and no justifications. Just pure pleasure.
More closet space
No more hanging three shirts on the same hanger, storing sweaters in your desk drawers, or shoving your extra shoes under the bed. When you’re living the single life, every bit of space in the closet belongs to you.
According to a poll in the UK, single men change their bed sheets only four times a year on average whereas single women change their sheets every two weeks. Either way, they’re single. They can do what they want.
No need to explain
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” That quote from Erich Segal’s "Love Story" is famous. It’s also nonsense, as anyone who has ever been in a loving relationship can tell you. On the other hand, being single does mean never having to explain.
You may not be wealthy and you may need to keep your day job, but the single life gives you another kind of financial independence. When you’re part of a couple or you have a family, many spending decisions are collective, and most of your paycheck has to support other people’s needs. When you’re single, you alone are in charge of how you spend your money.