Have you ever thought about the men who remain bachelors forever? The thought didn’t usually cross my mind, but after a study I recently read about, I discovered that there are plenty of upsides (and some downsides) to staying alone forever. Science says that single men usually make less money, but they probably have more friends. They may not work very hard, but single men know how to spend their down time.
Marriage reduces the likelihood that men will commit crimes, studies suggest, and data indicates that becoming a father quells criminal impulses even further. The good news for bachelors is that scientists are starting to suspect that they have underestimated the upsides of being alone. Despite warnings of a loneliness epidemic, people who stay single and don’t have children report deeper connections to friends, parents, and other family members, as well as to their work. One study even found that single people have a heightened sense of self-determination and are more likely to continue growing as people.
So for the eternal bachelor, things don’t actually look so bad. There are some advantages, but I find it’s always nicer to share your life with a partner. At least in winter, when someone can keep your bed warm at night.