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Women Enjoy Being Single More Than Men, Says New Study

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It’s 2016 and we should be over stereotypes about single women, yet they persist like acne on a teenage face. When not getting shoutouts from Beyonce, many single ladies still feel pressure to settle down “before it’s too late.”

Single men, on the other hand, are celebrated. We idolize the charmingly rakish Barney Stinsons of the world, propping their lifestyles up as something to aspire to. There’s just one problem: those men may be more unhappy in their singlehood than their solo-flying female counterparts.

According to a new study from Avvo, an online legal service company, more women feel positive about being single than men. A sample of over 2000 U.S. adults aged 18 and over participated in Avvo’s 2016 Relationship, Marriage, and Divorce Survey. Three out of four female participants said they’d rather be “alone, successful, and happy” than be in a disappointing relationship. Only 58% of male participants said they felt the same way.

Dating coach and certified matchmaker Francesca Hogi spoke to Bustle about the findings.

“I think it is true that women are empowered to cultivate emotional resources that make them more able to be happy while single,” she said. “For many men, their outlets for emotional intimacy and expression are limited to romantic relationships. Generally speaking, women have emotional intimacy with their friends and their partners and most men only have it with their partners. So it makes sense that without a relationship, many men are missing out on a key emotional experience.”

Let’s hope this is another nail in the coffin of the cat lady cliche.

Along with singlehood, the Avvo study touched on an array of other interesting issues about how we date today. A lot of us, it turns out, aren’t even trying to date. Fifty-two percent of participants said they’re not actively seeing anyone.

When we do date, 3 in 10 of us are open to online dating. Twenty-eight percent of 2016’s singles have used an online dating service. Men are more likely than women to give digital dating a go.

The bad news is, we’re not convinced online dating will actually work. Fewer than 1 in 5 Americans believe online dating is a good way to meet a romantic partner, and only 19% of online daters report having significant success with it. Half of all American men and women still think a face-to-face meeting is the best way to begin a relationship.

All hope is not lost if you’re into the tech thing. Avvo’s survey found that online dating is working for some. Half of all people who have tried dating online and are now in relationships met their current partner that way.