Boomers & Millennials Agree: 17 Perfectly Good Reasons to Stay Single

Being in a relationship isn’t always as great as it’s made out to be. An internet survey recently asked, “What’s the best thing about being single?” Here are the top 17 responses.

Eating Whatever I Want for Dinner

Eating Whatever I Want for Dinner
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“Legit one of my concerns. I have what I call a peasant’s palate. I like simple meals and will easily eat the same thing repeatedly. I made a chicken and broccoli casserole thing on the weekend and ate that for four days in a row. Sometimes I have chips for dinner. I’m happy with my weird menu and don’t look forward to accommodating someone else.”

“I love my partner to hell and back, but any meal plan is impossible with her. It’s a daily problem. I have to eat most of it whenever I cook ahead of time.”

Leaving Family Functions on My Own Terms

Leaving Family Functions on My Own Terms
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“I’m a huge advocate of the Irish exit. Why must you say goodbye to everyone if you’ll see them again in a few days.”

“Or never go at all. You can get out of it by saying you have a date. Proceed to do whatever you want. If they ask later, say, “The date got canceled at the last minute.”

Peace and Quiet

Peace and Quiet
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“This is the big one for me. I spend all day listening to people talk, often distressed. So it’s nice to come home to silence. No more talk. Just the ambient sound of my local neighborhood, markedly muffled by double-glazed windows and soundproofed walls. The occasional quiet grunt from my dog. The quiet whir of the refrigerator motor.”

“When you want it. Or very loud and rowdy also when you want it!”

Doing Whatever You Want Without Having To Answer to Anyone

Doing Whatever You Want Without Having To Answer to Anyone
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“I’ve been told I’m lazy and uncaring, but I really just enjoy being able to do whatever I want.”

“I just drilled a hole through the kitchen counter to pass an ethernet cable, and nobody tried to stop me.”

My Bank Account

My Bank Account
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“Dual income with no kids is fantastic, by the way. I know what you mean, but in a healthy relationship, two high incomes in one household is fantastic.”

“If paying for dates is a lot, then I don’t think you’re prepared for how much a wife can spend on things you didn’t even know you needed. My home decor looks amazing, but it sure was costly. And the makeup and other products… Also, I never used to go on so many vacations or eat out so much.”

Not Walking on Eggshells

Not Walking on Eggshells
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“I had to do that with my ex because she was easily triggered. A simple “That’s not my kind of music” translated to “You have bad taste in music” in her mind, for example. Then she would shut out for days on end. I really liked her, but looking back, our breakup was necessary.”

“Being in the wrong relationship is much worse than being alone.”

Getting the Bed All to Myself

Getting the Bed All to Myself
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“My partner and I sleep in different beds, and I would 100% recommend it if you have the space. Started out when we were working different shifts, stayed because we both had an AMAZING sleep.”

“Can confirm. Haven’t had the bed to myself in 7 years. Have upgraded to sharing with the partner AND toddler now. King-sized bed never seemed so small.”

Not Living in Fear That My Relationship Will Fall Apart

Not Living in Fear That My Relationship Will Fall Apart
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“This is honestly the only thing about it I feel is a positive for me at the moment (just broke up).”

“God bless anyone who is going through this. It’s annoying when you try to make things work, but you don’t get enough assurance from your partner.”

Knowing What To Expect When You Come Home and Open the Front Door

Knowing What To Expect When You Come Home and Open the Front Door
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“I’m single, but my cat makes this impossible.”

“This was the best thing about moving into my own place after having roommates for many years.”

Not Having To Check In With Anyone

Not Having To Check In With Anyone
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“It becomes more like a chore at some point if you have to check in on someone even if you don’t feel like it.”

“Reminds me of a joke Bill Maher, a lifelong bachelor, did. “The wives don’t like me coming around because I’m like the slave that brings news of freedom.”

Not Being a Slave to Someone Else’s Emotional State

Not Being a Slave to Someone Else_s Emotional State
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“I feel that one. You don’t even realize it’s happening until you’re in too deep.”

“The bliss when I became single again and no longer had to tiptoe on eggshells.”

Freedom

Freedom
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“Well, you should also have a lot of freedom with a partner. Otherwise, it’s the wrong one.”

“Apparently, no one on Earth considers this when tying the knot. Like, how did this NEVER occur to you?”

Not Having To Explain How You Are Spending Your Money

Not Having To Explain How You Are Spending Your Money
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“I can buy all the surfboards and video games I want now!”

“My wife of 16 years and I have always had our own checking accounts. Our pay goes into our accounts, and the bills are divided fairly (I make more, so I pay a higher percentage). We each put a set amount into our joint savings for emergencies. Whatever is left, we spend on whatever we want, with no reservations. I bought a flamethrower this weekend, and she didn’t bat an eye. She can buy all the shoes and Coach purses she wants.”

Being Able To Act Exclusively for Your Own Betterment Without Having To Consider Anyone Else

Being Able To Act Exclusively for Your Own Betterment Without Having To Consider Anyone Else
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“Yes, not having to justify every decision that benefits yourself.”

“Plenty of people are in relationships and act exclusively for their own betterment without considering anyone else.”

Zero Compromises

Zero Compromises
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“And being able to fart in bed without consequences.”

“It sounds great, but I still have to work and live in a place I can afford and drive what I can afford.”

Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First
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“The right person will want you to put yourself first. That’s what real love is.”

“I totally agree. We will not always have everyone we love in our lives. The only constant is ourselves. And that does not have to be a bad thing.”

No Arguments

No Arguments
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“I’m at an age where I honestly don’t see myself ever cohabiting again until they stuff me in a rest home.”

“People who talk to themselves can’t relate.”

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