Despite the fact that society (and every prying aunt) has a way of pushing relationships down your throat, there are definitely a lot of benefits to being single. And it may be that young millennials are not just embracing that single status, but the majority are actually choosing to be single.
A new survey from Tinder asked over 1,000 single 18-25 year olds about their attitudes toward dating and being single — and what they found may just show a shift in the tide. The vast majority of respondents felt that single benefited them and said that they had made a conscious choice to single for a long period of time — and it's easy to see why some people might make that decision.
"While a healthy relationship is certainly a beautiful thing, there are also plenty of benefits to staying single as well," Logan Cohen, LMFT-S, tells Bustle. "Someone who is single can have their immediate surroundings reflect their specific needs MUCH more consistently than if in a partnership. Single people also have a lot more time to develop their platonic social network, grow professionally, and even do their own personal growth work while not being distracted by the concerns of a partner." There are a lot of benefits. And, interestingly, the Tinder survey found that women might be embracing their single status more than men.