Single and ready to mingle! Sad singletons a thing of the past as Brits embrace solo lifestyle
Four in five singles say that friendships last longer than relationships
Just three in ten single men believe they will ever get married
14:07 GMT, 22 June 2012
The traditional image of sad singletons could be a thing of the past as soaring numbers of Britons say they are happy to choose a solo lifestyle, a new report showed yesterday.
The latest research has revealed that almost three quarters (72 per cent) of singles have friends who will be friends for life, and four in five say that friendships last longer than romantic relationships.
Men in particular are turning down marriage offers with just three in ten single men believing that they will ever get married, and 48 per cent of the male population thinking single people are more fun.
Women are embracing their inner Bridget Jones as number of happy singletons soars
The ‘Friendships, Finance and the
Future: The rise of Singledom in the UK’ report, carried out by price
comparison site Confused.com, has also identified a new demographic in
breed of FLAPers (Financially Liberated and Positively Single), a genre
of single people who are turning the tables on the stereotype of the sad
singleton and embracing the adventure and spontaneity.
Taking inspiration from the flappers of the 1920s, who threw away their corsets and sought independent lifestyles, contemporary FLAPers are celebrating a new era of positivity and empowerment in the wake of troubled economic times.
Experts at Future Poll, the research
division of The Future Laboratory, predict that a new wave of
friendships form among single people that will work successfully while
marriage increasingly fails.
FLAPers: the new breed of happy singletons
The experts predict that laws will protect best friends and single people might formalise their friendships by entering into ‘mate-trimony’ agreements.
It is even believed that relationship status on passports and census forms could include ‘mate-trimony’ as an option, next of kin will automatically be friends, and more and more singles will protect their friendships with life insurance with 59% of singles considering insuring the life of a friend if they bought a house together.
The report says that as people stay single for longer, they are realising how much they rely on their friends for the things traditionally provided by a partner.
Friends offer a shoulder to cry on, with research showing that 45 per cent of singles turn to their friends first for emotional support.
Research also show that our friends know us inside out; 30 per cent of singles say the person who knows them best in life is a friend.
Singles even trust their friends, rather than family members, with their online secrets and twice as many singles would rather have a friend see what they’ve been looking at online than a family member.
When it comes to money, research found that 29 per cent of single people in the UK have lent money to a friend in the last 12 months with more than one in four single people preferring to go to their friends first if they needed money urgently.
Many single people view marriage as an old fashioned idea with 21 per cent of single men seeing marriage as out-dated and 34 per cent of single women thinking marriage lacks the value it once had.
Mike Hoban, Chief Marketing Officer at Confused.com said: 'The need for us all to prepare for the worst, and protect our loved ones, is paramount.
There is an opportunity for life assurance companies to reflect the rich diversity of our society and meet the needs of more people by making available products and services which reflect the value that people put on personal relationship outside of traditional family and marriage ties.'