Single/Married and loving it
On this Valentine’s Eve, both single people and couples want you to know that they love being single or, in the case of the latter, in a relationship. That’s according to a study to be published in the journal Psychological Science, which examined the way single people and couples relate to one another. What they found is that people tend to prefer and even idealize their own relationship status, especially if they do not expect it to change in the near future.
The study also discovered that this sense of relationship status superiority colors the way some interact with people of a different relationship status. For example, people who are single will tend to pity their married friends for their apparent loss of independence. Meanwhile, people who are in relationships often feel sorry for their single friends, assuming they are lonely. Couples and singles also tend to view people with the same relationship status as more stable than people of a different relationship status, according to the study.
The researchers also found that single people felt that they would have a happier Valentine’s Day than their coupled friends, while those in relationships thought they would enjoy the day more.