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Forget what you saw on Sex and the City! Most Singles Are Actually Introverted, Study Finds

  • Most singletons are not extroverted like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte
  • Instead, research reveals that the majority of single people are introverts.

It is often considered the ultimate representation of the single life.

But a new study suggests Sex and the City got it wrong: Most single people aren’t outgoing extroverts like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

Instead, researchers at the University of Toronto say the majority of single people are actually introverts.

“In a world that caters to extroverts, introverts are misrepresented as antisocial,” said Elaine Hoan, lead author of the study.

“The reality is that introverts like to spend time alone and are independent, and can regulate emotionally, meaning they can self-manage their reactions to their feelings. So an introvert may prefer to be single rather than being single. ‘be in a relationship.

It is often considered the ultimate representation of the single life.  But a new study suggests Sex and the City got it wrong: Most single people aren't outgoing extroverts like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

It is often considered the ultimate representation of the single life. But a new study suggests Sex and the City got it wrong: Most single people aren’t outgoing extroverts like Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte.

In their study, the team sought to understand whether or not our personality traits can predict whether we are single or in a relationship.

More than 1,800 participants aged 20 to 59 were recruited, single or in a relationship for at least six months.

Participants completed questionnaires measuring their personality, satisfaction with their relationship status, sexual satisfaction, and life satisfaction.

The results revealed that introverted participants were more likely to be single.

“Extroverts are happier than introverts in general – whether they’re single or not – and introversion makes it a little harder to form a relationship, because introverts don’t find themselves in social situations as often ” said Ms. Hoan. .

University of Toronto researchers say the majority of single people are actually introverts (file image)

“Other existing research also suggests that being in a relationship can make someone more extroverted, increasing their self-confidence and expanding their social circle.”

Researchers have also discovered links between conscientiousness, neuroticism, and relationship status.

Singles were less likely to agree with descriptors such as “keeps things neat and tidy” and “gets things done.”

Additionally, they agreed more with phrases such as “can be tense,” “often feels sad,” and “is temperamental.”

“Conscientious people are more likely to be goal-oriented, especially traditional goals like getting a job and getting married, and demonstrate a strong work ethic, which can fuel their desire and ability to start and engage in a romantic relationship,” Ms. Hoan said.

“Depressive symptoms like sadness and low energy can make it more difficult to pursue and maintain a relationship, while the emotional support you receive in a romantic relationship could reduce these symptoms.”

The researchers hope these findings will help eliminate the stigma associated with being single.

“There’s a stigma associated with being single – you know, people say, ‘You’d be happier if you were in a relationship, so why not?’ – when that’s not necessarily true for everyone. world,” added Ms. Hoan.

“I hope what people take away from our research is the idea that you don’t have to be someone you’re not, you just have to be yourself.”

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