Top 10: Benefits Of Being Single
Everyone's been single at some point in their life but as we grow up many of us tend to get into all sorts of crazy relationships. While to many being a relationship is a better situation to be in, unfortunately it takes two people to be in a relationship so until you find that special someone (or mail-order someone) you're just going to have to put up with being single.
But every cloud has a silver lining, and subsequently, every silver lining has its own pet cloud; or, in a less convoluted way, there are benefits to being single and disadvantages to being in a relationship! Now I'm not saying you should call off the search for a partner, as I recon the benefits of being in a relationship outweigh those of being single - but while you look for love (or sit at home waiting for fate to throw a loveable human-shaped brick through your window) why not savour the solatia of solidarity! (Note: solatium (solatia) - compensation for disappointment, inconvenience or wounded feelings; a very obscure word, but useful for S alliterations!)
Do what you want!
Relationships are all about compromise, being single is all about doing what you want, when you want and wearing what you want (best to keep those kinds of habits within your own home though). But things like spontaneous trips to wherever you like become far easier and you can go out with your friends without consulting your other half first. Most of all, you can watch what you want on TV!
Meet new people!
When in a relationship generally you're going to spend a lot of time with that person, however, when single you can go out and meet new people as often as you like without the worry of not spending enough time with anyone! Random people are more likely to come up and talk to you at social events too - often being with someone else can make them more reluctant to do so.
Get ahead with your career!
No need to feel guilty about bringing your work home with you or working overtime - there's nobody around that you're going to bore to death by working 24/7, or upset by not being around some evenings! It's also a great opportunity to learn something new; whether it's a sport or a subject it can only be a good thing, right?
You may have always wanted to visit the Arctic, but standing on a giant slab of ice bobbing about on the briny deep is not to everyone's taste, so travel to the places you've always wanted to go to before you have to give them up for a tamer compromise!
Money money money!
It's yours! All yours! Do what you want with it! Spend it on what you like or hoard it under you mattress, heck, why not buy a who load of gold, melt it down, entomb some blonde bombshell in it and challenge some dashing English fellow in a suit to stop you? Point is, every penny you earn is yours to spend.
Ponder your purpose on this planet!
Ever just needed a bit of peace and quiet after a hard day's work? Or maybe just needed to be alone for a few days and think things through? Well, now you've got all the time in the world - if you need some company then you can phone up a friend; otherwise it's just you and yourself (and the last I heard, you two get along pretty well!).
The sheets are yours!
One of the most valuable assets in any relationship is the bed sheets: whoever possesses them holds the power. Well, you've got all the power now so wrap yourself up in a cocoon of comfort and bask in your own lair of laziness. Maybe even spend an entire day wrapped up in them and flaunt your dominance of the bed linen at the furniture - or maybe just to speculate as to how you might have got on had you been born a caterpillar.
Your only family's your own family!
Sure, every now and then you'll find a partner with a lovely family. Unfortunately, it's more likely that you'll end up in a relationship with someone actually from your family before this happens. Fact is, the vast majority of your partner's family will be predisposed to dislike you; fortunately your lack of a partner means they don't even exist yet so no worries there! (The loathsome in-laws may be a bit of a cliché, and often untrue, but convince yourself otherwise and their absence will be your alleviation!)
No more circular arguments!
No, not arguments over the mathematical equations of circles, but the sort of argument where they're too annoyed with you to tell you why they're annoyed so you get annoyed that they won't tell you why they're annoyed at you which causes them to get more annoyed at you because you're annoyed that they're too annoyed to tell you why they're annoyed and so on until the only reason they're annoyed at you is because you're annoyed at them for being annoyed at you. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Flirt with the opposite sex!
There's nothing to hold you back: flirt with who you want, when you want and where you want! No need to worry about accusing looks and speculation over your faithfulness, you're completely free to say what you like! You could go out on a date with a different girl every night if you so desire (although, if this is the case, your dating technique may need some revision). The world is your oyster, so go find some pearls!
So next time you're single - or, indeed, if you are now - just be glad there's nobody else there to nag you!
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