Why Divorced People Are Key to Understanding Marriage

A study of 10,000 Dutch adults looked at the health of married people to see if it had anything to do with who got divorced. Did it ever.

One Parent Can Do Just as Good a Job as Two, Women Say

A new national survey finds that women have mostly positive and open-minded views of the many different life paths that people pursue today.

Individualism Goes Global: More Live Alone, Value Friends

A study of 51 years of data from 78 nations shows a rise in individualism around the globe. More people are living alone, divorcing, and valuing their friends over their family.

Health Benefits Unlikely Even from the Longest Marriages

New research looking at men and women of different ages who have been married for different lengths of time finds scant evidence that people who marry get healthier.

What’s in It for Women? Vs. What’s in It for My Husband?

A new study suggests that single women think differently than married women in a way that helps explain why they vote reliably for Democrats and married women do not.

The Life-Changing Magic of Going Your Own Way

Guest blogger Ellen Worthing watched all the kayaking couples go in one direction, and she went the other. It did not turn out the way any of them anticipated.

Another Great Thing About Being Alone

What feels restful? Who gets the most rest? Does it matter if we get enough rest? A survey of people from 134 countries offers some insights.

The Badass Personalities of People Who Like Being Alone

What are the personality characteristics of people who like spending time alone? What about people who are unafraid to be single? Four studies offer an affirming profile.

Why Do People Lie to You?

What is it about you that tempts other people to tell you lies? Here are the good qualities and your not-so-good qualities that make you a target.

Marriage: How We Got It So Wrong for So Long

If you wanted to answer the question, “If you get married, will you get healthier or happier,” how would you do it? The best studies are challenging our longstanding beliefs.

The Truth About Marriage and Your Future

In a 16-year study, more than 11,000 people were followed as they married and divorced. Here’s what happened to their health, life satisfaction, and depression.

Will You Be Less Depressed If You Get Married? Two Studies

When single people marry, do they get less depressed? Are married people less depressed than people who are cohabiting or dating or single with no romantic partner?

The Stories We Tell About Single People Aren't True

In many important ways, single people are thriving. How is that possible, when they don’t have the support of a spouse, and they are stereotyped and stigmatized?

11 Ways We All Benefit When More People Are Single

Here are 11 ways that the rise of single people is making it possible for more people to live their best lives and for communities to thrive.

Confronting Singlism in the Psychology Classroom

Guest blogger Joan DelFattore finds that college students are more attuned to singlism now than in the past, but we all still have a lot to learn.

13 Things You Never Knew About College Admissions

Evidence-based answers to some of the thorniest questions about fairness in college admissions.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Single People

Happiness, relationships, money, sex, solitude, children, singlism, workplace issues, sickness and health, and more: If you have questions about single life, here are some answers

Are Romantic Relationships Good for Your Self-Esteem?

What is the link between self-esteem and romantic relationships? A 3-year study of more than 9,000 people offers some surprising answers as well as some obvious ones.

60 Sex-Relevant Terms You May Not Know – and Why You Should

Here are 60 terms related to sex, relationships, sexual orientations, and gender identities, many of which are new or unfamiliar. More than vocabulary is at stake.

Don’t Get Talked Out of Being the Person You Really Are

What should you do if you find yourself wishing that you were living some other way?

The Cost of Choosing Not to Have Kids: Moral Outrage

Married people who choose not to have kids elicit moral outrage. They are also judged as less fulfilled than married people who do want kids. But what if they were single?

The New Committed Relationship: For Parenting, Not Romance

Families have evolved in all sorts of ways. Now there are singles who come together only to raise children. They find romance elsewhere, if they are interested in it at all.

Unselfish Singles: They Give More Time, Money, and Care

Studies based on tens of thousands of participants show that the stereotype of the self-centered single person is exactly wrong. Singles are more giving than married people.

Women Who Stay Single or Get Divorced Are Healthiest

Women 50+ who got married got fatter, drank more, and had higher blood pressure than when they were single. Women who divorced got healthier than they were when they were married.

Constrained by Coupling: Your Friends Are Not Your Own

If you are coupled, it matters whether your partner likes your friends. What does that mean for the quality of single people’s friendships vs. coupled people’s?

What Is the Divorce Rate, Really?

Is it true that half of all marriages end in divorce? Is the divorce rate changing over time?

7 Questions to Help Decide If You Should Stay Single

Some people live their best life by living single. How do you know if you are one of them?

Is This the Surprising Way Couples Will Become Less Insular?

The community that was creating and honoring “families of choice” long before the concept became broadly familiar may be the one to transform coupling.

Is It True That Single Women and Married Men Do Best?

Are women really better off being single and men better off when they're married?

Marriage or the Single Life? It’s No Contest.

What science says – and doesn’t say – about whether you should stay single or get married.