Isn’t there someone else in this restaurant who is single?
What does it mean about me that I am single?
Am I out of step if I am tired of dating and hate shopping for shoes?
Am I the only one?
If so, you are not alone, and becoming less so every day...
People who are single are often portrayed in stereotypes and cultural images as either lonely or incomplete without a relationship or, alternatively, “having the time of their lives” since they are not weighed down by the “ball and chain” of marriage. If you are surrounded by friends who are partnered, movies that end with “happily ever after” relationships, or articles that extol the health and wealth benefits of marriage, you may feel alone, off track, or like something is wrong. Alternatively, some of us can feel guilty if we are not making the most of every opportunity to “enjoy the single life."
Click here to get a reality check about the changing demographics surrounding being single and to access can also access the accompanying article "Am I the Only One?" to see how cultural stereotypes frame how we view our single status and what we can do about it .