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Attention, announcement: If you have a lot of friends, you don't need a relationship
Attention, announcement: If you have a lot of friends, you don't need a relationship

… and NO, we didn't exactly make that up. This has now even been scientifically proven!

Best friends
Best friends

Times are changing and traditional indicators of success such as marriage and children have long ceased to be synonymous with unbelievable happiness. In fact, according to studies, unmarried, childless women are the happiest group of the population.

The Israeli scientist Elyakim Kislev has now found out what is * really * essential for happiness in life: friendships

Kislev's research generally focused on singles and the research focused on those who were not actively looking for a partnership. The researcher from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem not only examined the willingness to bond, but also related this to how much the surveyed singles maintain their friendships.

Stop putting such pressure on women in their early 30s

How great is the desire for a relationship?

The big question? How great is the need for a partnership and how many intensive friendships do the respondents actually have? And he found that the greatest correlation was between satisfaction with friendships and wanting a partner. "People who have a stronger desire for relationships tend to ascribe less importance to their friendships," Kislev told PsyPost.

On the other hand, singles who have no desire for a relationship put more value on their friendships. "In short, these results show that singles with little relationship desire are more social and receive more support from their friends. These results contrast primarily with the generally negative perception that singles with little relationship desire are socially incompatible," says Kislev.

Happy singles are actually especially social

With this research, Kislev not only destigmatizes being single, but also shows that there is a large group of young people who voluntarily and prefer to stay alone. According to him, this is around 20 percent of single people.

Singles are often better at building a good social network than married couples. Kislev is not yet at the end of his research: "We should ask ourselves how the 'new singles' manage to form communities, how they receive social support from their friends and family and how this new model of life affects the general well-being of the population Affects singles throughout their lives."

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