All the Single Ladies
Research has finally debunked the myth that women spend months wallowing and drinking copious amounts of wine while single.
According to a study by data analysts Mintel, 61 percent of single women are happy being single, versus 49 percent of single men.
The survey also found that 75 percent of single women have not actively looked for a relationship in the last year, compared to 65 percent of single men. And the proposed reason for this is that for women, being in a heterosexual relationship is actually a lot of hard work, and generally requires more effort and labour than for men. So why bother?
In general, it seems women are putting in more effort into their relationships than their male counterparts.“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,” Professor Emily Grundy, of the University of Essex, states.
What’s more, women are simply happier being single than men are. We’re better at socialising by ourselves and are more likely to have close friends we feel we can turn to in times of need.
“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,” Dr Grundy explains.
“Certainly there’s a common finding from a lot of studies that women who don’t have a partner tend to do more social activities and more friends compared to women with partners whereas with men it’s the reverse – men without a partner tend to do much less of that.
As social norms change in society, the idea of the spinster and the lonely single is changing to where women can be independent and happier for it.
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