It’s better to be alone! Does science confirm our fears?


Loneliness is not a vice. And why do people who are not in a relationship subconsciously evoke pity? As if, if a person is not in a pair, is he somehow inferior, unhappy? All this is absurd and the imposition of worn out stereotypes. Now that science has proven that loneliness is wonderful.

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Citing numerous medical studies, Business Insider reports on various reasons why it’s better to be single than in a couple.

Why is it better to be single?

The first reason is probably the most obvious. Lonely people have more contact with other people, their social circle is not limited, and they are integrated into society. If you are not in a serious relationship, you have the right to independently determine the circle of communication.

Communication (whether romantic or friendly) is an integral part of human needs. Business Insider quotes psychology professor William Chopik, who writes in a statement in support of this fact that “a few really good friends can change the world by improving our health and well-being.” So, yes, hanging out with buddies or friends makes us better.

Benefits for health and self-realization

Moreover, loneliness has a beneficial effect not only on social life. It has a beneficial effect on health. How? First of all, we are talking about mental health. That is, single people are not tormented by doubts about who their soulmate is hanging out with now, they are not required to quarrel in search of a compromise – they do what they want and do not receive condemnation or criticism from the passion.

The health benefits don’t end there. Lonely people have less body fat. This is evidenced by a recent study. Perhaps people looking for a life partner want to look slimmer, more physically attractive. It is not necessary, being in a pair, to be overweight. But this is quite likely.

Lonely people are more prone to self-realization. They do not rely on successful relationships. Often they are consumed by the thought of achieving success on their own. In other words, loneliness for them is a reward that they transform into personal success.

Disadvantages of free living

If you’re single and you’re cheering yourself up by reading all these benefits about being single, don’t get excited so quickly. The New York Post reported in 2017 that loneliness can kill faster than chronic obesity.

The publication mentions Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a researcher at Brigham Young University, who stated that “there is strong evidence that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase the risk of premature death.”

Have you ever noticed that when you are alone in a room for a long time, depressing thoughts come into your head? As if all the problems at once decided to pile on and destroy? Here it is – the reverse side of the coin. Some people may become addicted to alcohol or load themselves with suicidal thoughts. Therefore, when it comes to loneliness, it should not be understood as complete isolation from society.

Freedom or attachment?

This article is not propaganda. If you are alone, this does not mean that you need to advertise in newspapers in search of a soul mate. If you are in a couple, this does not mean that you need to leave immediately, being afraid to gain excess weight, to fray your nerves. Just accept the fact that this aspect is not decisive in a person’s life. Both positions have advantages and disadvantages.

So if you’re in a relationship, great. If you’ve recently broken up with someone, that’s fine too. Learn to look for the good in everything and take advantage of it. In this case, you can really become happy. Ultimately, it all depends on the needs.


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