People Shared The Reasons They Like Being Single And They Really Made Some Points

In our society, we tend to make it seem like being in a long-term relationship is something everyone should aspire to. Being single is often cast in a light of being sad or unfulfilling, especially in movies and television.

However, that’s not exactly the case. These people came together on Reddit to share the reasons they actually really like being single and I couldn’t agree more.

You Only Have To Consider Yourself

I don't have to take into account someone else’s wants and needs when making life decisions.
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Want to pack up your bags and move across the country? You can just do it.

When you have a romantic partner, making huge life changes is a lot harder because you have to consider how it will impact them.

You Just Sleep So Much Better

I can wake up and go to sleep at any time I want without messing up a significant other's sleeping pattern.
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Want to stay up on your phone until 2 am? It’s fine. Want to go to bed at 9 pm? Not a problem.

Most importantly, you don’t have to deal with someone whose alarm goes off every five minutes for an hour before they actually get out of bed.

It’s So Easy To Lose Your Individuality In A Relationship

As someone who got out of a 3 year long relationship about 4 months ago I would say one of the biggest thing I'm glad about being single is being able to see myself clearly again,
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“…you don’t realize how much being in a relationship can blind you to how you’ve changed, or how love can numb you to certain things.”

“When I got out of that relationship and once the initial crying and being depressed phase ended, I slowly realized how much happier I was and how much I’ve changed (some of it good and some bad) but it was like being able to see myself through a clear lens and not through a distorted one.”

Amen To That

No longer being forced to hang out with their friends.
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I’ve had romantic partners whose friends I absolutely adored and I loved spending time with them.

I’ve also had romantic partners whose friends I could not stand, so never seeing them again was a blessing.

I Love The Control

Wanna watch a movie? I pick what I want and don't have to debate what we're both in the mood for, or whose turn it is to pick, or
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One of the most annoying parts of a relationship is that you end up mostly watching things that appeal to both of your interests.

There is something incredibly freeing about being able to watch anything you want whenever you want to.

Not A Single Thing Out Of Place

My apartment is clean and neat
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As someone who can be a bit neurotic and a bit of a neat freak, living with someone else can be a total nightmare.

It’s nice to not have to worry about someone else making a mess.

It’s All About Me!

I can do whatever I want and not feel guilty about spending time with no one
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It’s so much easier to just do whatever you want when you’re alone—there’s no one else to keep in mind.

Taking time just to be alone is also just more acceptable when you don’t have a significant other who wants to see you.

I Love Not Being Cheated On!

No one can cheat on me.
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The truth is that opening yourself up to a relationship does make you very vulnerable to being hurt by a partner.

Being alone really does help you avoid a lot of emotional turmoil and distress.

Your Needs Come First

I'm naturally very empathetic and a people pleaser. That part of my brain goes into hyperdrive when I'm with someone I like. It's not even conscious most of the time, but it can be exhausting.
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In a relationship, you do spend a lot of your time and energy catering to your partner’s needs, which frankly can get exhausting.

It is sometimes nice to just focus on yourself when you’re alone.

Normalize Thinking Out Loud!

Talking to myself and not having it seem weird.
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Anyone who likes to think out loud can understand this one.

It’s totally chill to talk to yourself out loud when you’re alone, but it can feel uncomfortable or embarrassing if someone else is around.

This Is So Underrated

I can also leave something on the table and come back two weeks later and it is still there.
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There are few things more infuriating than looking for something I put down in a certain spot and then not being able to find it because someone else moved it.

When you’re alone, you’re the only person who can mess you up.

Sweet, Sweet Silence

I don't have to talk to anyone daily.
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When you’re in a relationship, there is a general expectation that you’ll keep regular contact with your significant other.

As a single gal, I can go days without talking to anyone if that’s what I want.

You Really Build Yourself Up

I learned to love myself without needing anyone else's words of affirmation after being single for the first time in a few years.
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Truly, it was not until I was single and not dating around at all that I grew to really love myself.

I mean, I genuinely enjoy my own company and can hype up all the things that I like about myself without anyone’s validation.

There’s A Sort Of Peace To That

In the past when I've been in a relationship, I always felt like I needed to check my phone 24/7. I like being able to just chill and play video games, watch a movie, hang with friends without checking my phone.
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This is very relatable: I mean, when I was last in a relationship, I was way more attentive to my phone and kept the ringer on.

Now I’ll spend hours with my phone away from me, completely unbothered about missing notifications or calls.

Gifts Are Stressful

When Christmas comes, I have no stress and it's not expensive
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In general, giving and getting gifts for a significant other can feel like navigating a minefield.

Is the thing you’re buying too expensive or not expensive enough? What if they get you something way nicer than you bought for them?

You Avoid A Bad Fate

I remember my parents, and how they've been at each other’s throats for all of my life. It makes dying alone seem like a blessing.
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It’s true: seeing the unhealthy or bad relationships that the people around me have isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I truly would rather be alone than trapped in an unhappy relationship.

Less Emotional Work For Sure

I can come home and unwind and not have to hear someone else tell me about their bad day or remind me about the dishes in the sink, etc.
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Of course, when you care about someone, you want to be there for them and listen to their struggles.

However, there is something nice about knowing you only have to deal with your own feelings on any given day.

Yes, Queen!

being single allowed me to put more focus on finishing my undergrad degree, which I just did this last week!
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When you’re single, it is so much easier to put your energy and focus into your own personal goals without the distraction of a partner’s needs or any relationship issues.

Congrats on graduating and completing the degree!

I Do Prefer When My Life Is Not Ruined

A lot of people I know who've ruined their lives did so over a lover—whether trying to get one, keep them, or fighting someone else over them, relationships can be very dangerous if you're too emotionally immature.
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Love really does make people do crazy things, and sometimes it can be really damaging.

While having a partner can be very rewarding, it can also make you irrational and sometimes derail your own well-being.

Not Being Murdered Is Pretty Nice

I am at a lower risk of being poisoned and assassinated.
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Crimes of passion are a common reason why people end up in a casket—there are few things that make people more murderous than love (or the lack of it).

I’m very happy staying single and un-murdered, thanks.