Science answers: Why are there more and more women without a partner?

Khloé Kardashian blurted out to her mother Kris Jenner: “Don’t insist on looking for someone. I am very happy at this stage and I have no need to share it with a person.” Like her, her sister Kim, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, and many other ‘celebrities’ have been without a partner for a while and claim their situation. In the case of the latter, it was in an interview in which he stated emphatically: “I am not in a hurry to find a partner, but if I do it will be to simply enjoy, I refuse to marry again.”

And it is that either by choice or because the circumstance occurs, the truth is that the numbers guarantee that, as the years go by, there are more single women. In Spain, for example, according to recent data from the INE, one in four households is single-person. From this statistic, it is extracted that 53% are women and more than half of them are single or divorced. And although each woman is a world and science does not give concrete reasons to explain why there are more and more women in singleness, there are several factors that, together, can determine that scenario.

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The number of women without a partner has increased in recent years

“Now we tend not to settle as much as before,” reflects psychologist Sandra Escudero, “and that may be due to two social factors that lead to the fact that there are more single women, especially young people. The first, that millennials are naturally exposed to meet more people than the previous generation(they travel more, have mobile applications that connect them with more people…), and they have a hard time pairing up because they have more predisposition to feel FOMO (‘Fear Of Missing Out, which in this sense translates into fear of ‘standing’ and losing the opportunity to meet someone better). And on the other hand, women, in particular, are no longer looking for someone to “save” them, but they want a partner who complements their single life, which is already optimal. Thus, feminism has had a relevant role because, basically, it has helped us to flee from social roles, romantic myths, and toxic relationships,” she concludes.

If you are single, you may be interested to know that science has researched the advantages that this entails, and this can make you feel even more proud of your choice or situation, (do you know that, in general, singles feel less stress and sleep better?). If at any time you have felt pressured like Khloé with Kris and people do not stop suggesting you to people or ask you “the couple, ‘pa’ when?”, then you have several reasons to reaffirm your position. You have certain vital (and also, very healthy) advantages.

Pay attention!

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Benefits of being single

If you are single, you still identify with some of these testimonials and feel super proud to be as you are. Isn’t that the case and, in addition, your environment pressures you and does not stop asking you that “the couple ‘pa’ when”? Here are a few reasons (among many others) to reaffirm your position. And it is that you have certain vital (and very healthy) advantages. Pay attention!

Sleep better

Science supports it. The Better Sleep Council conducted a study that revealed that people who did not have a partner (that is, who did not sleep accompanied), had a more qualitative sleep. Sleeping with ourselves we avoid waking up by other people’s movements, snoring, or noises, for example.

Qualitative sleep, on the other hand, translates into better health (and here a nuance: it also improves the appearance of your skin).

Jennifer Aniston is 50 years old, single and what skin. WHAT SKIN.

Stress decreases

Although this is relative, “not having a partner eliminates from your routine the fact of being aware of another person, having to count on them on certain occasions, arguing and being forced to go through situations that are uncomfortable for you (such as getting along with relatives with whom you do not connect). All of the above, obviously, are hypothetical situations, but there they could be,” says Escudero.

Boost your self-esteem

Although it might seem otherwise – if you have been single for a while, how many times have you wondered if it is your fault or because people do not like you? – the reality is that, as Escudero develops, the fact of spending time in solitude, being self-sufficient and more responsible economically (you do not have someone who can endorse you, so you tend to be more consistent with expenses) “makes you gain more self-confidence,” he concludes.

In addition, according to a recent study conducted at Cornell University (New York), being single leads you to be more sociable, maintain and reinforce friendships so, potentially, you will feel loved by more people than if you were in a couple.

The voice of experience

Nerea (25) has been single for years. With her first boyfriend, she spent 2 years, from 17 to 19, and was very toxic. Since then, she has had sexual encounters with different guys (and a girl), but prefers to remain single: “The fact that my first relationship was harmful (I idealized the guy and was quite submissive) has not influenced my singleness. What happens is that I feel that, as time goes on, I get to know myself more and I’m very clear about what kind of people I want to spend time with. And if there’s no one to stimulate me, it’s not a drama, I have my friends and HBO Max (laughs).”

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On the other hand, Inés (31), reflects on her singleness: “It’s not that it’s a decision, it’s my situation. Some time ago, the fact that all my friends (I live in a town in Girona) were matching and even getting married, came to generate anxiety, but my psychologist helped me to see the big mistake she was making with me. The situation of each one does not have to affect me, the important thing is to be well emotionally and not think that having a partner is the solution to my problems. It cost me, uh, but now it doesn’t scare me if I don’t connect with anyone and no one connects with me. I have a brutal job and a very nourishing circle of people, let life flow!”

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