Marisa T. Cohen, Ph.D.
Some people hold the belief that if a person is not in a relationship, he/she must be lonely and miserable. As a result of this fear-inducing scenario, people may rush into relationships which are not the best fit and do not bring them joy. There is also a body of research which focuses on singlism, a term which describes an anti-single sentiment. Singlism may result in “single adults in contemporary American society [being] targets of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination…” (DePaulo & Morris, 2005, p. 57). Therefore, not only do people worry about being single, both those who are single are judged for it.