Are People Single by Choice? Involuntary Singlehood in an Evolutionary Perspective

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    A substantial proportion of people living in Western societies do not have an intimate partner. The current research attempts to estimate the occurrence of people who are involuntary single—they want to be in an intimate relationship but they find it difficult to do so—in the Greek cultural context. Evidence from two independent studies (N = 1682) indicated that about half of the participants who were single, they were involuntary so. It was also found that, mating performance—how well people do in starting and keeping an intimate relationship—was a significant predictor of involuntary singlehood, with low scorers facing a higher probability to be involuntary single than high scorers.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)98-103
    Number of pages6
    JournalEvolutionary Psychological Science
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2019


    • Involuntary singlehood
    • Mate choice
    • Mating
    • Mating performance
    • Singlehood


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