Women prefer being single to men because they tend to put more work into relationships, data has suggested.
Data from consumer analysts Mintel shows that 61 per cent of single women are happy with that status compared to 49 per cent of single men.
Mintel’s data also found that 75 per cent of single women have not actively seeked a relationship in the past year, compared to 65 per cent of men.
The preference for being single was particularly weighted among women aged 45 and above.
32 per cent of single women between 45 and 65 said they were very happy alone, whilst only 19 per cent of men in the same age bracket said the same.
Professor Emily Grundy from the University of Essex, said the results could be attributed to women tending to put more work into relationships than men.
“There’s evidence that women spend longer on domestic tasks than men and I think they also do more emotional work – so they still do more housework and cooking and things as well as more emotional labour,” she told The Telegraph.
Grundy also stressed that women often have bigger social circles and hobbies.
“Women tend to be better at having alternative social networks and other confidantes, whereas men tend to rely quite heavily on their wives for that and have fewer other social ties.
“Certainly there’s a common finding from a lot of studies that women who don’t have a partner tend to do more social activities and have more friends compared to women with partners, whereas with men it’s the reverse – men without a partner tend to do much less of that,” she explained to the publication.
“So it may be that women have a wider range of alternatives.”