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Is It Better To Be In A Relationship Or Single?
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Is it Better to Be In A Relationship Or Single?

Introduction

You may face the question at some point of your life. It doesn’t matter what your current relationship status is, you may wonder which is better – being single and uncommitted or being in a committed relationship with another person. Both have advantages and disadvantages. In the final analysis, it’s up to you to decide what is best for you.

Pros of Being Single

As a single man or woman, you don’t have to make compromises over decisions, either major or minor. If you live in your own home, you can decide on the pattern of your new dishes; the paint color for your kitchen, and the size and style of your new living room furniture.

When you’re deciding whether to go see the newest movie release, you don’t have to worry about whether to see a comedy, horror, or romantic comedy. You review the movie listings and decide, with your friends, what you’re going to go see.

Should you enjoy sleeping in on weekends, you don’t need to adjust your sleeping schedule to your partner’s schedule. If you like waking up before the birds begin chirping, you can do so. Conversely, if you prefer waking up when the sun is directly overhead, your preference won’t impact a romantic partner who might be an early bird.

Do you enjoy making plans on the spur of the moment? As a singlet, you can continue doing so, because your ability to be spontaneous won’t affect a romantic partner. If you’re more of a “plan-the-week-out-ahead-of-time” person, you won’t crimp someone’s style if he prefers to decide on an activity just before it begins. In a related consideration, if you like to take off solo for the weekend so you can unwind, this is much easier when you are single – as one-half of a romantic duo, this would be much more difficult.

When it comes to other spheres of your life, such as career, school, and friends, you can make your choices based on what’s best for you, not what a romantic partner wants you to do. If, for instance, you have a friend to whom past romantic partners have reacted strongly, you don’t need to worry about this when you’re single.

You can indulge your musical tastes as an unattached person. Perhaps you enjoy opera. If country, Latin, or industrial metal choices are more your taste, they won’t infringe on a romantic partner’s musical preferences. You can play the music at any volume you please – within limitations of consideration for your neighbors, of course.

Cons of Being Single

As with other situations, for every pro, there is a con. Being single is no exception.

It’s easier to handle household finances when you have a romantic partner to contribute to the bills.

When you’re lonely, it is up to you to handle your feelings. Because you have nobody to help you with that, it may be difficult to get through those periods.

Your relatives may constantly introduce you to “the nicest young man/woman I know.” When you cave in and meet this nice young man or woman, you may quickly realize there’s a reason he or she is still single.

Pros of Being In a Relationship

Being one-half of a romantic duo can come with some strong health benefits. These can include a stronger immune system, longer life span, and clear, glowing skin. Those in romantic relationships who have learned how to “fight fair” develop immune systems that function at a higher level. The longer life spans of those in romantic relationships may be attributed to decreased stress levels, better health and lower levels of risk-taking. While it may not seem to be directly connected, being one-half of a couple may decrease your stress level, as well as your levels of free-floating cortisol, which can increase stress-induced acne.

Additional benefits of being involved in a relationship with a significant other include having a partner who participates in recreational activities with you. If, for instance, you enjoy physical fitness activities, these can be more enjoyable with someone who enjoys similar activities.

During those difficult times when professional situations or family relationships go sour, having a significant other can help you deflect some of the negativity. Your significant other can help you look at stressful situations more calmly, making it easier for you to see what is truly happening. He can help you avoid difficult persons or toxic relationships with others.

Cons of Being in a Relationship

Should a romantic relationship be based on dishonesty, need, or dating violence, your freedom, emotional health, and safety can be put at risk. Entering a relationship because you “need,” rather than “choose” to be with someone is unhealthy. If either you or your romantic partner began a relationship based on a lie, this can erode the foundation of the relationship.

If you are in a romantic relationship and your friends want you to go with them, you need to check in with your significant other. It doesn’t matter what the activity is – hunting, a girl’s day at the spa, bar-hopping, a day on the golf course, going to the game, or a girl’s night out, once you find out about the plans, you need to call your romantic partner up, explain what is happening – and get permission. That may not be very easy, especially if your partner is a needy person.

You may not be feeling very romantic while your partner does feel romantic. If this happens, you either have to turn him down or take part in the intimacy.

Should you be a neat person and your significant other be sloppy, this can cause strain for you. When you see clothes strewn around the house, or plates of food left in every room, you get angry. If this is how he is used to living, either one or both of you will have to compromise.


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