It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I spend the majority of my time trying to figure out how, statistically, I might be better than everyone else in the world.
It also shouldn’t surprise anyone, then, that I also happen to be single. But this is of no matter, because I have recently found a bunch of studies–like, scientific ones–that prove that, in being single, you can actually have it better off than people who are in relationships. So, the next time that someone asks me why I am “single” or why I am “so insufferable in trying to prove that, percentage-wise, you’re actually better than everyone else,” I will hit them with some hard, cold, straight-up facts. Because everyone loves people who do that, right? Of course right. (I am basing this purely on the fact that the entire cast of The Big Bang Theory makes an absurd amount of money.)
Anyway, you can do the same thing, too! Here are some studies that prove why single people actually have it better than everyone else. Kind of. In some ways. In any case, just check out the list:
1. You’re more likely to be popular:
A study done at UMass Amherst in 2006 found that single people are better at maintaining connections with their friends, neighbors, and extended family.
2. You also have a more diverse set of friends:
Because, you know, you’re not just talking to bae. Basically, being single can mean that there are a whole bunch of people that you consider very important to you, as opposed to just “the one.”
3. You’ll exercise more:
A 2004 study done at the University of Maryland found that single people are better at taking care of their overall health–especially exercise-wise–than those who aren’t single.
4. You’re incredibly altruistic:
Here’s something to lord over people’s heads at parties–some studies have found that single adults spend more of their time doing volunteer work than those in relationships.
5. Women who have always been single have better overall health:
This is looking a few years down the road, obviously, but it’s worth noting–a National Health Interview study found that single women are, for whatever reason, healthier than non-single women.
6. You’ll have fewer money issues:
Again, this is something that will really only concern you in the future–but, for what it’s worth, single people tend to have far less debt than those who are married.
7. You’ll have fewer amounts of body-damaging stress:
Sometimes, being in a relationship can be stressful AF. Being single helps you skip out on that.
8. Single people are tougher:
You know, like, every Destiny’s Child about dumping a guy or being single and loving it? If you’re single, that’s you, basically–psychologist Bella DePaulo says that, in going it alone, you’ll actually become more resilient overall, both mentally and physically.
9. You are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul:
Some data suggests that single people are actually better at finding their own sources of comfort–as in, you’re able to rely on yourself for happiness, rather than anyone else.
10. Single people get more sleep:
All in all, this might be the most convincing reason to stay single–sleeping alone ensures that you’re going to be sleeping more than those who have to share their bed. And, after all, sleep is the only bae you’ll ever need.
What do you think about these studies? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!