When someone says that they're happy being single we often, as a society, have a horrible habit of not really believing them. Being single has been so wrongly vilified for so long that independence is often met with skepticism. But new data from Mintel’s Single Lifestyles UK 2017 Report shows that most singles don't mind their status — and that women fare better than men when it comes to flying solo. It's a really important step, because society so often associates singlehood with loneliness and time spent on your own as being a bad thing, when we really shouldn't.
"Over the last 20 years in particular there has been a societal shift towards instilling young women with greater independence," Jack Duckett, Senior Consumer Lifestyles Analyst at Mintel, tells Bustle. "This has included encouraging them to develop many of the skills that have traditionally been associated with men, including household maintenance and DIY, consequently reducing their need to have 'a man about the house'."
But men in heterosexual relationships might not be having it so lucky. "By contrast, there is far less evidence of the opposing trend, with many young men still ill-equipped when it comes to traditionally feminine skillsets, such as washing, cleaning and cooking, making it harder for them to fly the nest," Duckett says. "It can also be strongly tied to women being typically better at creating support groups with whom they can discuss their thoughts and feelings, putting less pressure on the need for a relationship. However, with many men still largely finding it difficult to be open about their thoughts and feelings, the absence of a partner could mean that they have no one they can talk with about issues affecting them. With this in mind it is perhaps unsurprising that unattached males struggle to enjoy their single status."
So just how much better are heterosexual women faring? Well, the data from Mintel showed that being a single woman is something to be savored, not pitied. Here's what they found.