Lust For Life
Sure, relationships come with spooning, hand-holding and someone to go on holidays with, but it’s 2016, people! For the first time ever, singles are thriving like never before ... and we can tell you why.
Single? You’ll have better sex, for one.
YOU CAN GO TO ICELAND
Or Croatia. Or New Zealand. Or wherever the hell you want. For as long as you want. Care
to spend three months learning Italian in Tuscany and want to leave next week? You tell that passport who’s boss. Your freedom is your greatest asset, so use it. This requires funds, but you’ll have the money you saved from not buying anniversary/birthday/Valentine’s/Christmas
presents for your significant other.
YOU CAN SLEEP LIKE A PRO
Is there anything more glorious than having a giant fluffy bed to yourself? No snoring, sheet bandits or bed buddies that toss like a lentil salad. Just you, a pillow for each ear and the ability to spread it like daal on a naan. Research has even found sleeping with a partner isn’t as restful as sleeping solo, which means you’ll get better rest, leading to boosted memory and cognitive skills. Win!
YOU CAN FLIRT OUTRAGEOUSLY
Flirting is one of life’s most satisfying pleasures.
It’s somewhat looked down upon when you’ve got yourself a partner. Well ... we all do it to some degree – it’s part of what makes us human – but the glorious freedom of being able to flirt
with wild abandon with any Hemsworth lookalike shouldn’t be sneezed at. It aids the release of dopamine, serotonin and adrenalin (AKA happy juice, sexy serum and adventure
elixir), and it’s its own outstanding reward.
YOU CAN ACTUALLY KEEP YOUR WORD
You know when you run into an old friend on the street, and you’re all like, “Shizballs, it’s been forever – we should totally catch up properly some time!” Well, you actually can. Unlike those people who are married with fur babies or actual babies and spend what little free time they have cleaning various urines off the floor. Many studies show coupled-up peeps are less attentive to friends and family. Basically, you’ll be a tenfold better friend when you’re flying solo.
YOU CAN DO YOU
Not only do you have plenty of time to do ‘you’ in the bedroom (mhmm), it also means more time to work on the empire of you. Sustaining a healthy relationship takes serious elbow grease – grease that you can use to slide towards a more
fulfilling career. In fact, if you’re in the market for a new job, you’re actually more likely to score the role thanks to your single status. Once there,
you’re also less likely to put up with BS from your SO like long hours and overtime. #girlboss
YOU WILL HAVE BETTER SEX
There may be less bump and grind on the regular, but the nookie that you do have will be better. Statistics show that while singles have about half the amount of sex as those in a committed LTR, they’re having a sweeter time thanks to oodles of sex hormones flying around when you’re sleeping with someone new. And even if you’re not, you may hook up with someone fresh and exiting in the near-ish future. We all know the anticipation is half the fun.
YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO KEEP BEES
… or any other crazy-ass hobby you can think of. Because, why not? In a UK survey, 30 per cent of couples admitted “watching television” is the main thing they do together (not exactly ‘Netflix and chill ’), with another 20 per cent revealing “eating out at restaurants” was also a major bonding activity. Right, imaginative stuff, guys.
YOU WILL HAVE MORE TIME
Do you know how much time couples spend texting crap to each other? Too much time per week. And anxiety can hit when the object of your affection isn’t in constant communication. But when you’re single, those hours are yours. Want to watch Amy Schumer clips on YouTube for 5.4 hours in a row? Go for it.
YOU CAN EAT ALL THE THINGS
You can eat three burgers and a Diet Coke for dinner and no one will judge you. And get this – one study even claims you’re still going to be thinner than your smug couple counterpart. The research showed 62 per cent of us gain weight
after committing to a serious relationship. Cuddles are nice and all, but they don’t burn nearly as many kilojoules as dragging home a
late-night McD’s feed after hitting the tiles.
YOU’RE PART OF SOCIAL CHANGE
For the first time, single people now outnumber married people in several parts of the world. And those numbers continue to climb a metaphorical Mount Everest as people become increasingly unwilling to settle for subpar anything. It’s causing a huge trickle-down effect, too, with the way that lifestyles are changing. So, if you’re single at the moment, you’re part of the biggest social change to happen this millennium so far.
Sweet, I can just jump on the next plane!