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 You Decide If You'd Be Happier 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 vs. the Single Life: Who Has It Better?

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

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.