Even science wants you to stop drunk-texting your crush.

A recent study has found that marriage actually constrains people socially, whereas single people are better at holding stronger social bonds with others.

The research, published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that "single individuals are more likely to frequently stay in touch with, provide help to, and receive help from parents, siblings, neighbours and friends than the married".

This means that single people are more actively involved in their communities, closer to their family and their friends.


The study is one in a series of several pieces of research over the years that counterpoint the myth that singlehood is directly linked to isolation.

"Being single increases the social connections of both women and men," the researchers said.

"Overall, much of the positive relationship between singlehood and social ties remains even when we take into account structural explanations.

"We conclude that instead of promoting marriage, policy should acknowledge the social constraints associated with marriage and recognise that single individuals have greater involvement with the broader community."

Previous studies have also shown that marriage is not a pathway to happiness.