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Pros and Cons of Singledom: Guest Post by Paula Coston

Paula_Coston[Bella’s intro: I recently discovered UK singles blogger and author Paula Coston. One of her posts included a set of pros and cons about single life that I found particularly clever, so I asked if I could share some of them here. Happily, she agreed. Thanks, Paula! Readers, please contribute your witty pairs of pros and cons.]

From Paula Coston: I’m a British female singleton, 59 and childless.

Some cons and pros of singledom, as I see them.

Con: I talk to myself.

Pro: I make more sense than most people.


Con: People think I have spare time.

Pro: Sometimes I do.


Con: I get few cellphone messages (‘Sorry, late home’; family emergency, etc.).

Pro: Moneysaver: don’t need an expensive cellphone.


Con: I don’t have many photos of myself.

Pro: Why would I want them?


Con: Everything is in the place I left it. This may mean I can’t find things.

Pro: Everything is in the place I left it. This may mean I can find things.


Con: I’m stuck with my own thoughts.

Pro: I’m sometimes enraptured by my own thoughts.


Con: No one says ‘You look great’ before I go out.

Pro: They might be lying anyway: how would I know?


Con: On long journeys, there’s not necessarily anyone to navigate.

Pro: On long journeys, I get to navigate.


Con: I have to do the housework.

Pro: It gets done properly.


Con: I get fewer invitations from couples (fear of man-stealing).

Pro: I get more invitations (maybe out of pity. I don’t have to accept, of course.)


Con: There’s no one to bring me tea in bed.

Pro: I don’t like tea in bed.


Con: There’s no one to remind me of routine chores at home.

Pro: There’s no one to nag me about routine chores at home.


Con: I can’t turn my own mattress (too heavy).

Pro: A good way of getting interesting neighbours into my bedroom.

About the Author

Paula Coston works in administration for a rural University in the beautiful English Cotswolds, but her real passion is musing and writing. She blogs on singledom, childlessness, the older woman, the gender divide and more at After a slew of educational books which she describes herself as snore-worthy, her first novel comes out on June 27. On the Far Side, There’s a Boy is about a sassy London woman’s gradual realisation, from 1980s Thatcher Britain to now, that she is destined to be single and childless. She stresses that it has an intriguing dimension of alternative reality to it and is not, ultimately, depressing! It can be ordered and seen at

Pros and Cons of Singledom: Guest Post by Paula Coston

Bella DePaulo, Ph.D

Bella DePaulo (Ph.D., Harvard; Academic Affiliate, Psychological and Brain Sciences, UC Santa Barbara), an expert on single life, is the author of several books, including "Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After" and "How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century." Her TEDx talk is "What no one ever told you about people who are single," Dr. DePaulo has discussed singles and single life on radio and television, including NPR and CNN, and her work has been described in newspapers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, and magazines such as Time, Atlantic, the Week, More, the Nation, Business Week, AARP Magazine, and Newsweek. Dr. DePaulo is in her sixties. She has always been single and always will be. She is "single at heart" -- single is how she lives her best and most meaningful life. Visit her website at

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APA Reference
DePaulo, B. (2014). Pros and Cons of Singledom: Guest Post by Paula Coston. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 18, 2018, from


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