Top 12 Living Single Posts in 2016

Single life was a phenomenon in 2016. Readers are tired of stereotypes. They are looking for scientifically-grounded insights about single people.

The Biggest Mistake Gift Givers Make

A new study on the science of giving and receiving gifts offers some useful advice.

Why Single People Can’t Catch a Break

Stereotypes of single people aren’t true; surprising findings help explain why they persist.

No Partner, No Worries: New Study of Psychological Health

The authors predicted a hierarchy of well-being, with married people at the top, then cohabiters, then daters, with unpartnered singles at the bottom. That’s not what they found.

Even in Tough Times, You Can Find New Ways to Be Better Off

Author Courtney E. Martin answers questions about her thoughtful and inspiring new book, "The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream."

Why I’m Single: Then and Now

Why not marry? Guest blogger Joan DelFattore offers one of the best answers I’ve ever read

Soulmate Marriages Are "Greedy," New Research Shows

Is marriage a greedy institution that monopolizes couples’ time and attention? Maybe so, especially when wives think of marriage as a union of soulmates.

If Single People Ruled, Here’s What Would Change

If single people wrote the laws and policies of the land, we would see greater inclusiveness and fewer people left vulnerable.

Is There a Bias Against Single People?

Are harsh judgments of single people unfair stereotypes or accurate perceptions? Four kinds of studies all provide the same answer.

Buying Lipstick in Tough Times: It’s Not About Landing a Man

When economic times are tough, women buy more products that enhance their appearance. New research shows they are trying to be more professional, not more seductive.

Elder Orphans: A Real Problem or a New Way to Scare Singles?

Elder orphans: a serious concern, a scare story to put uppity singles in their place, and a term that should be put to rest

Is Living Alone the Unlikely Answer to Loneliness?

Researchers trying to pin loneliness on single people and people living alone are not finding what they expected

Record Numbers Are Single and Writing Their Own Life Scripts

More Americans than ever before are unmarried – and most of them have never been married. They may also be more diverse than ever in the ways they live and the people they love.

The American Dream: For Single People, Is It Just a Fantasy?

New reports offer new insights on the psychology and economics of home buying for single women, single men, and unmarried couples.

Asexuality Is a Sexual Orientation, Not a Sexual Dysfunction

A growing body of research suggests that asexuality is a sexual orientation and not a psychiatric condition or a disorder of sexual desire.

Every Stereotype of Single People, Debunked by Science

Science shows that the common stereotypes and negative perceptions about single people are simply not true.

Stories of Our Good Single Lives: Thank You, Kim Calvert!

How a “singles expo” exposed the worst of single life and inspired Kim Calvert to create a magazine that instead shows us the best of being single.

Taking Single Life Seriously

From research on the actual lives of single people comes findings that defy all stereotypes.

17 Benefits of the Single Life

In several important ways, lifelong single people do better than everyone else.

Marriage Mentality, Our Time and John Updike’s 60 Years Ago

The protagonist of John Updike’s Rabbit series, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, wants to run from marriage, but finds nowhere to run to.

Time Alone Saps the Willpower of People Who Are Neurotic

For some people, time alone is rejuvenating. New research shows that for neurotic people, just thinking about spending time by themselves can instead undermine their motivation.

The Revealing Questions No One Is Asking About Single Life

Single life isn’t marriage minus the spouse. It is a whole different experience, meaningful in ways that are rarely acknowledged.

A Year With 1,170 Single People Embracing Single Life

We are single people who want to live our single lives fully, joyfully, and unapologetically. Here’s what our first year has been like.

Why Do We Glorify Marriage When Record Numbers Are Single?

Americans now spend more years of their adult lives unmarried than married. The number of singles is growing around the world. So why do we still glorify marriage?

Sleep: Wake Up to These 23 Fascinating Facts

If you knew more about the science and culture of sleep and dreaming, maybe you would relax and sleep better at night.

What's Wrong with Telling Married People to Stay Married?

Studies have followed married people for many years. The results are not what Time magazine claims.

Marrying Friends for Benefits: The Real Threat to Marriage

You've heard of friends with benefits. Here's a version in which the benefits are not sexual, but deeply consequential.

Revisiting the Most Infamous Scare Story about Single Women

In 1986, an infamous Newsweek story claimed that 40-yr old single women were more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to ever marry. How Newsweek even got its retraction wrong.

Bathrooms: The Decades-Long Rise of America's Obsession

Long before the moral panic about transgender issues, bathrooms occupied an out-sized place in American homes and lives.

Why Are So Many Young Adults Living With Their Parents?

For the first time ever, more young adults are living with their parents than with a spouse or partner. One of the most interesting reasons for this is rarely mentioned.