Married and Single Life
Few people are encouraged by society to remain single. Instead, parents, relatives, and friends often persuade their loved one to find a spouse and “settle down.” A comparison of life as a married person and as a single person demonstrates that both lifestyles have advantages and disadvantages when one examines the cost, freedom, and companionship available to each.
Many believe that two people can live more cheaply than one. But typically this is only true if both spouses are working and willing to share space and property. Generally, a married couple will need and want more space than that which a typical one-bedroom apartment offers. One car is also difficult to share between two individuals. A single person, on the other hand, will be satisfied with less space, furnished with odds and ends. Married couples enter the world of status symbols, requiring matching furniture and suitable decorations – all of which are more costly.
Undoubtedly, the single person has more freedom than the married couple. When two people are connected by marriage, it is customary that they spend time together. Additionally, they usually want to know where the other individual is going to be. Accompaniment on trips to visit the in-laws or to the boss’s house is also expected, whether a spouse wants to go or not.
When it comes to the issue of companionship, however, marriage wins. Two people who love one another have ample opportunities to spend time together and to learn all there is to know about each other. So, less space and sharing a car result in cherished times spent together. Required trips to visit families are made more enjoyable because it becomes a moment during which two people are sharing an experience. Though single people have plenty of space and freedom, they sometimes long for the companionship that their married friends enjoy.
In summary, there are benefits and hindrances to life as a married couple and life as a single person. At first glance, it may appear that the unmarried person has all of the advantages – money, space, freedom. But all of these advantages come at one exorbitant price. There is no one with whom to share them. Perhaps, parents, relatives, and friends offer sound advice after all.