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19 Best and Worst Things About Being Single

Being single manages to be equally as exhilarating as it does disheartening. On one hand, you get to be alone and do whatever you want, and it's fantastic. But on the contrary, you're on your own, and you feel like you have no one that loves you, and it sucks really bad. While being in a relationship certainly isn't without its flaws, sometimes it feels like a much better situation than being single. To make you feel a little bit better about your single life - while sympathizing a little - here's a list of the best and worst things about being forever alone.

  1. You can hook up with whoever you want.

    Let's start with the obvious, shall we? When you're single, you get to try a whole lot of different flavors of people. You're in no way tied down, so you're basically allowed to hook up with whoever you want.

    You don't have to stick with just one guy or gal; you're allowed to play the field while using the proper protection of course. Enjoy this freedom to make some truly unforgettable memories.

  2. But you don't have a designated person who wants to bang you 24/7.

    While being able to sample from your dating pool at will is wonderful, it's not without cons. If you're feelin' frisky on a weekday you don't have someone next to you in bed that you can roll over and get freaky with. To get your fix you have to scroll through your phone for a willing booty call or take care of your urges yourself.

  3. You live for going out.

    When you're single, you live for the party. You can go out with your friends and get hammered on any given weekend. You get to meet a bunch of attractive strangers, who of course are your best friends by the end of the night - and may or may not wind up back at your place later.

  4. But suddenly, you're the 3rd wheel during all your outings.

    However, there comes a time when you're out with all your friends, and you notice that they've all gone home with their significant others. If they're still out late into the night, it's because they're busy talking to their partner in the corner of the bar or dealing with their partner who's absolutely wasted.

    You suddenly realize that all your friends are in committed relationships, and then there's you: single. But hey, at least you don't have to hold anyone's hair while they puke!

  5. You can do crazy shit.

    When you have no one to answer to you'll probably find yourself getting into a lot of trouble, and hopefully escaping mostly unscathed. You're exponentially more likely to end up on the roof at a rager or buy drinks for the whole bar if you have no S.O. holding you back.

    At the swimming hole, you're diving off the highest cliff into water that's hopefully deep enough. Yeah, you'll take another shot, it might be your 10th one but who cares?! Go for it!

  6. But you can do some really crazy shit.

    It seemed like a good idea last night, but you'll probably find yourself regretting some of your more insane decisions. You'll probably be nursing many a hangover wondering how you got all those bruises on your legs and confused as to what exactly happened after that 10th shot.

    You'll make some pretty crazy memories all right, some of which you don't exactly remember but will be forever immortalized on Facebook by your best friends.

  7. There's no chance you're that annoying couple.

    God, have you ever seen that couple that just thinks they're Beyoncé and Jay-Z but are actually the furthest thing from them? On social media, they're the most annoying human beings on the planet. They're constantly posting pictures of one another, and it's just getting to be too much.

    At first, you're worried that you're jaded, but then you realize they're really that bad. All they talk about is each other, and they're the couple exhibiting excessive PDA on the dance floor at every single party.

    You throw up a little in your mouth as they shove their tongues down the other's throat and you think to yourself 'thank god I'm single'.

  8. You're secretly a little jealous of that annoying couple.

    While there's plenty of incredibly annoying couples on the planet, there are some that just barely border on bothersome. Sure they're constantly kissing in public and holding hands, which makes life a little more uncomfortable for everyone, but you find yourself looking at them with equal parts hatred and jealousy.

    Sure their PDA is excessive, but you kinda wish that you had the option to be that annoying with someone else.

  9. You can focus entirely on yourself.

    One of the best parts about being single is the endless 'me time'. You don't have to worry about anyone but yourself. All of your extra time can be spent on completing your goals and taking care of yourself. You don't have to be the least bit concerned about anyone else feeling neglected so now is the time to start a big project or go for that promotion.

  10. But you have so much love to give.

    While it's nice to be able to focus entirely on yourself, sometimes you want to give your time to other people. People have an innate desire to be close to others and being single can leave you feeling sad and lonely when you have no one to devote your time to.

    Sometimes all you want to do is love on someone else and not yourself. If you're feeling extra lonely, you can always take your friend out for a bro-date. I'm sure they'll appreciate a little extra attention, especially if they're single too.

  11. You can keep your apartment as clean -or messy- as you like.

    Are you a neat freak? Then your cleanliness is likely to thrive during your stint as a single person. If you prefer that your apartment or house stays perfectly clean, then you're in luck as you don't have a messy significant other to come mess up your perfectly organized pantry.

    Are you the complete opposite of clean? Perfect. While single you will feel almost no pressure to keep your apartment tidy for the sake of a partner. You can leave your dishes in the sink or your dirty laundry all over your floor without the threat of reprimand from a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  12. But SPIDERS.

    This may only apply to girls, but when you're single who's job is it to kill the spiders? Sure, you could do it, but that requires actually getting off the couch and mentally preparing yourself for battle. With a boyfriend, you can feign fear and keep your place on the sofa warm while your knight in shining armor slays the proverbial dragon.

    Well, if you're a guy who's going to applaud you when you kill the spiders? Who will appreciate your bravery and unbridled strength in the face of such an intimidating foe? I guess your efforts will go unappreciated for now.

  13. You get to sleep alone.

    Ah, as a single person you get your entire bed to yourself all of the time -unless you're getting lucky, and in that case high five! You don't have to worry about your partner falling asleep mid-spoon and getting caught in a sweaty cuddle-trap. You don't have to share the blankets because you can blanket-burrito yourself without pissing anyone off. And you can lay in the middle of your bed with your arms and legs sprawled out because you don't have to pick a side. You get all the sides.

  14. But you get no cuddles.

    While sleeping on your own means, you get complete freedom during your slumber; you don't get any consistent cuddles. You won't wake up to your partner wiggling into your arms or be able to roll over and find yourself enveloped in a hug.

    It sucks really bad. I recommend buying a body pillow. They're pretty cheap, and it gives you something to spoon when you're sad.

  15. You can spend all your money on yourself.

    As a single person, you get to ball out. The monetary cost of being single is much less than being in a realtionship. All your money goes either directly to rent or directly to satisfying your needs. You don't have to spend money on someone else's birthday or their dinner. Nope. No, sir. You get to keep all your money for yourself.

  16. But let's be honest, you spend all your money at the bars.

    Okay yeah, sure spending all your money on yourself is great and all but what exactly are you buying? Are you going out shopping? Hmm, maybe a little. Are you seeing a ton of live music and hitting up every 3-day festival you can get to? Perhaps. But are you drinking during almost all of these outings? Yes.

    Even if you're in town for the weekend, I can guarantee you that you're going to spend a significant amount of money on going out to the bars with your friends.

  17. You don't have to ask permission to do anything.

    Do you want to go camping? Do you want to take a trip abroad for the weekend? Do you want to jump out of a plane with a parachute and six other adrenaline junkies? Go for it. Because who's going to stop you?

    When you're single, you don't have to run anything by your boyfriend or girlfriend. You don't have to ask them if it's okay to go to Coachella. You don't need to get their permission to do anything! You can do whatever you want. So go for it. Be spontaneous, because you can be.

  18. But you don't have anyone to give you advice and support.

    Thought it's nice to have complete and utter freedom to do what you want when you want, and you don't have to ask for someone else's opinion on your decisions it's nice to have someone to give you advice. When you have a significant other, they're there for you to give you advice and help you make difficult decisions.

    When things get tough or don't go the way you want them to, they're also there to offer their love and support. And having that is pretty darn nice.

  19. Every day is Independence Day.

    But when it comes down to it, you're free. You don't have to gain anyone's permission to do anything. Additionally, you don't have to put yourself on a leash. You can let your freak flag fly at every party, hook up with whoever you want, and focus entirely on yourself.