It’s better to be single, according to science

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Being single has a handful of benefits, according to scientific research.
Studies suggest that single people tend to have stronger social networks and develop more as individuals.
They even tend to be more physically fit.

Give Tinder a break and take yourself on a date tonight.

Being single has a handful of benefits, according to scientific research. Alone time is one of them.

Not only are single people more likely to embrace solitude, they are also more likely to benefit from it, recent studies have suggested.

Bella DePaulo, a psychologist at the University of California Santa Barbara and an advocate of the single life, travels the nation to present these findings, which she said are too often dismissed by the larger psychology community. In a TEDx Talk she gave last spring, she called living single her “happily ever after.”

Studies suggest she’s onto something.

Single people tend to have stronger social networks

In 2015, social scientists Natalia Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel set out to explore how ties to relatives, neighbors, and friends varied between single and married American adults. They found that singles were not only more likely to frequently reach out to their social networks, but also tended to provide and receive help from these people more than their married peers. Their results held steady even when they took into account factors like race, gender, and income levels.

Put simply, “being single increases the social connections of both women and men,” Sarkisian and Gerstel wrote in their paper.

Fostering friendship is key to aging well and boosting happiness, as several recent studies have suggested. One of them, published in 2008 in the British Medical Journal, found that people who had regular contact with 10 or more others were significantly happier than those who did not; the same study also found that people with …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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