Why It's OK to Stay Single

Single adults are lonely, sad, desperately looking for more out of life...right? Not necessarily, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's Annual Convention. Several studies dispel typical stereotypes and paint a much more positive picture of single life.

In 2014, more than 50% of adults in the United States were unmarried, compared to a little more than 37% in 1976. The reasons for this are unknown, but socioeconomic factors could be involved. It may be that more people are waiting to marry until they reach educational or employment goals. Or, it could be that more people are single because they want to be.

Single people often are determined, seeking meaning in their work, as well as personal development. Research also shows they are generally more connected to family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers than people who are married. Singles who are independent report the most positivity connected to their status.

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