10 Differences Between Being Single And Being In A Relationship

Ever wondered the difference between being in a relationship and being single? Is it better to be single or in a relationship? Do you ever feel like switching roles because the other side seems to be having more fun? Read this to understand how relationships and being single actually work.

Well here we go!



Single: You can flirt without fear- Let’s face it: everyone flirts sometimes, whether they are single or not. This flirting is usually innocent in nature, but it could nonetheless lead to an awkward situation if a single person ends up developing feelings for somebody who is romantically involved.

Relationship: Add an insecure partner to the mix and this awkward situation could quickly turn into a terrible confrontation. If you love to flirt, then singlehood might be for you. 

2. Freedom

Single : You can do whatever you want to. There is nothing “strange” about wanting your significant other to spend time with you. If you’re not ready to consider the needs of another person, then singlehood might be for you.

Relationship: Just like a flower will wither if you don’t water it, a relationship will suffer without proper care and attention. Do you have a friend who complains about how “needy” her partner is? This complaint could be justified depending on the context, but most people simply underestimate how much time it takes to sustain a healthy relationship.

3. Friends and relationships

Single : You can stay in touch with friends. “Don’t you worry; we’ll stay in touch!” Those words should sound familiar if you have friends who have gotten married and/or had children. How many of them actually kept their word? Not many, I bet. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since these major life decisions require the sacrifice of free time and personal freedom.

Relationship: Some people fall off the map when they enter a relationship. I’m sure you know a person like this or maybe you’ve been there yourself. They get tied down and stop hanging out with friends, or doing things they love. This is not good.

4. Compromising

Single : No compromising. Even people in compatible relationships need to compromise occasionally. As a single person, you don’t need to surrender anything unless you choose to.

Relationship : When you are not single, you may lose your autonomy. You will soon realize that sharing your life with your partner means you must take his or her desires and needs into account as you start making a choice. It is also clear that this sometimes feels oppressive.

5. Forever alone

Single: In contrast, if you are single, you will have to learn to get rid of loneliness. You have to encourage yourself to be stronger in hard time. You may have to find a friend to talk. And of course, friends sometimes can’t understand you as a soul mate does.

Relationships : You will always have company if you have a beloved one. He or she will be a good one who you can share your happiness and sadness with you. Also, your company will be a good one who is ready to listen to you. When you are in the hard time.

6. Finances

Single : Your m.o.n.e.y is your m.o.n.e.y and you aren’t responsible for a partner who may not make good financial choices.

Relationship : Managing your money together when you’re in a serious relationship can be tricky. A lot of couples argue when it comes to finances and it’s often a daunting experience.

7. Independant

Single: Your life is yours to live as you please and you have nobody to consider in the equation. You spend your
money on only yourself and you have all the time in the world to dedicate to yourself.

Relationships : Instead of being an independent person with control over your own actions, you have to make every major decision as part of a team. You can’t just move to a new city because it sounds like an interesting place or go backpacking to see the world.

8. Pressure

Single : Being single means you’re operating in your flow, at your pace, and you’re not psychically blown off course by another person. No pressure to do what you’re “supposed to” do on holidays (e.g., Valentine’s day, etc.).

Relationships : People in relationships internalize the external pressures and expectations around them — they adopt or over-identify with the issues of other people and society. They aim to please or meet the expectations of others rather than focus on their own expectations and desires.

9. Stress

Single : Single people may not have a special person to call their own, but they don’t have to spend nights waiting anxiously for a phone call or wrapped up in a painful argument either. If you can handle being single without feeling too lonely, you might find that it’s a lot less stressful than being in a bad relationship.

Relationship : Couples often go through periods of change, every day hassles and emotional issues that cause stress in their relationships. 

10. Boredom

Single: It’s true that it’s better to be alone than in a bad relationship. But there’s nothing in the world like a good one. You may figure out a situation that one day you just want to be single. As single one is freer and changeable while a fixed relationship comes a regular routine.

Relationship : Okay, not all relationships are awesome. Some are boring, some are car crashes, and some are like an acclaimed foreign film that everyone pretends to ‘get’ so that they don’t have to hear any more about how deep/ interesting/ wonderful it is.



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