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A recent study suggests that single people tend to have stronger social networks and develop more, even physically fitter as individuals.  The

research says that being single carries with it, loads of benefits, of which enjoying "alone time" is one of the benefits. Single people are more likely to not only embrace solitude but benefit from it, recent studies have suggested.

A psychologist at the University of California Santa Barbara, Bella DePaulo advocates the single life and travels the nation to present these findings, which she says are too often dismissed by the larger psychology community.

Now let's take a look at some of the high points the research findings are supporting.




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  • Single people tend to have stronger social networks - Two social scientists Natalia Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel set out in 2015 to explore how ties to relatives, neighbors, and friends varied among single and married American adults. They found that singles were not only more likely to frequently reach out to their social networks but also tended to provide and receive help from these people more than their married peers. Their results held steady even when they took into account factors like race, gender, and income levels.
  • Fostering friendship is key to aging well and boosting happiness, several recent studies have suggested. One of them, published in 2008 in the British Medical Journal, found that people who had regular contact with 10 or more others were significantly happier than those who did not and that people with fewer friends were less happy overall. Friends who are not your family may be especially important. In a pair of studies involving nearly 280,000 people, William Chopik, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University, found that friendships become increasingly important as we age. In older people, friendships were a stronger predictor of both health and happiness than relationships with family members.
  • Single people may develop more individually and benefit more from alone time
  • Single people may be fitter, physically

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