New research suggests that women are happier being single than men
Being single: you either love it or you hate it. For some people, being single is the best thing ever - you have zero responsibilities and can enjoy being in the company of yourself and your friends. For others, the idea of being single is frightening and they would much rather be in a relationship with someone than be alone.
But while women may stereotypically be stamped as more "clingy" and wanting to settle down quicker than men, it turns out this archaic labeling couldn't be further from the truth.
According to new research, there are plenty of strong, independent women out there who are happier being single than in a relationship, because to paraphrase, they are sick of men's bulls**t.
While that's the simple truth of it, the more detailed reason behind women's enjoyment of independence is that they are sick of the amount of work that a relationship requires from them, rather than their male counterparts. Consumer analysts Mintel carried out the research, which found that 61 per cent of women were happy to be single, compared to 49 per cent of single men.
Sometimes it can seem like the majority of the world's single population uses Tinder, but it turns out that 75 per cent of single women have not actively been seeking a relationship in the last year, while 65 per cent of men have also not bothered searching for love - suggesting that plenty of people from both sexes are happy to be on their own.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Professor Emily Grundy said that she reckons the results are reflective of the emotional labour that women endure when they enter a relationship with a man.
"There’s evidence that women spend longer on domestic tasks than men and I think they also do more emotional work – so they still do more housework and cooking and things as well as more emotional labour," she explains.
According to the Grundy, emotional labour may appear small but it can be incredibly draining on women. Things like having to get prepared and look fancy for date nights, through to having to constantly iron shirts can end up wearing women out. However, there is also another key factor in the rising number of single women: it is now acceptable for women to be independent.
While women used to be expected to marry and have children at a young age, there has now been a shift towards how women are "meant" to behave in society - with their being much more of a focus on being independent and strong. Things like getting married and having children are no longer the end goal for women, they are now focused on having fulfilling careers, finding happiness and enjoying their life with or without a relationship.
Grundy also suggests that women are happier being single as they tend to be better at socialising with others and making connections with friends.
"Women tend to be better at having alternative social networks and other confidantes whereas men tend to rely quite heavily on their wives for that and have fewer other social ties," she says.
"Certainly there’s a common finding from a lot of studies that women who don’t have a partner tend to do more social activities and more friends compared to women with partners whereas with men it’s the reverse – men without a partner tend to do much less of that.
"So it may be that women have a wider range of alternatives."
Basically, while men are keen to find a partner that they can rely on and confide in, women know that they don't need a man to perform that role for them. The pressures on women entering a relationship with a man are loosening and that can only be seen as a positive thing.