She said that now that people are living alone longer

 and learning how to care for themselves instead of depending on a partner, they are practicing healthier lifestyles.

“For example, unmarried men used to dramatically be less healthy th

an married men, but recently they have come close to closing the gap,” she said.

DePaulo said that in the US, there’s also a lot of research showin

g that single people are more social than married people.

“They participate more in the events in their cities and

towns, and do more to stay in touch with, and ex

change help with, their parents, siblings, friends, colleagues and neighbors,” she added.

The internet also allows single people to stay connected wi

th others even when they are home alone, DePaulo said.

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