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According to Professor Emily Grundy, this contrast is because of the fact that women have to put in more effort and labour into a relationship than men.
“Single |sin•gle| (adjective)—Too fabulous to settle.” ―Mandy Hale, The Single `Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
For all the ladies who’ve got no ‘special someone’ on this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got some good news for you! According to a new research, women tend to be happier when they’re single. As reported by consumer analyst Mintel, 61 per cent of single women are happy being single, compared to 49 per cent of single men.
While conducting the survey, researchers noted that while only 25 per cent of single women were actively looking for a relationship, more than 35 per cent single men were leaving no stone unturned to get into one.
According to Professor Emily Grundy, this contrast is because of the fact that women have to put in more effort and labour into a relationship than men. Be it spending more time and money on the upkeep of their appearance to putting in more efforts to resolve problems, for women being in a relationship amounts to a lot of work—both physical and emotional.
“There’s evidence that women spend longer on domestic tasks than men and I think they also do more emotional work—so they still do more housework and cooking and things as well as more emotional labour,” Dr Grundy told The Telegraph.
Dr Emily Grundy further highlights that women are better at socializing by themselves and are more likely to have friends as compared to men. “Women tend to be better at having alternative social networks and other confidantes whereas men tend to rely quite heavily on their wives for that and have fewer other social ties,” she said.
Another popular explanation for this research came from Professor Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California. She stated, “Women, especially, are more likely to enjoy solitude than men. Single women find being alone is a wonderful time for restoration, creativity, and personal growth. And there are so many more opportunities to create the life you want, such as traveling, following your passions, and doing meaningful work.” Ladies, now that science has proven that single women are happier, stop complaining about not having anyone to gift you roses. Instead, buy yourself a bottle of Rosé and enjoy the charm of singlehood for as long as you can.
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