Now that the majority of Americans older than 16 are unmarried, the benefits of being single should be celebrated. Research shows that single people are welcoming of broader definitions of relationships and love and are more likely to experience personal growth and development than married people. Now can we finally move on from the crazy cat lady narrative?
- Single life is the better part of our adult lives: Americans spend more years of their adult lives unmarried than married.
- Claims that getting married makes people happier, healthier, and more integrated into society are grossly exaggerated or just plain wrong.
- People who get married do not end up any healthier or less depressed than when they were single, nor do they enjoy any higher self-esteem.
“It is time for a more accurate, research-based portrayal of single people and single life – one that recognizes the real strengths and resilience of people who are single, and what makes their lives so meaningful.”