A new study published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology asserts the fear of being single may drive adults to stay in bad relationships or settle for less-than-desirable partners.
Stephanie Spielmann, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toronto, conducted seven studies exploring how the fear of loneliness affects romantic relationships. Of 153 participants, 40% of participants feared not having a long term companion, 18 % feared “spinsterhood,” 12% feared losing a current partner, 11% feared growing old alone, 7% feared never having children and a family, 7% feel worthless by being single, 4% feared negative judgments from others and 0.7% said any relationship (even if horrible) was better than being alone.
Due to the fear of being single, people ended up staying in unhealthy relationships or settling for partners who were not ideal for themselves.
Stephanie Spielman found people who are dread of single life “prioritize relationship status above relationship quality, settling for less responsive and less attractive partners and remaining in relationships that are less satisfying.”
Spielmann concluded that” people’s anxieties about being single seem to play a key role” in “unhealthy relationship behaviors.”
Hollywood知名女演員史嘉蕾喬韓森（Scarlett Johansson）結束第二段婚姻，她和法國籍老公羅曼杜里亞克（Romain Dauriac）的婚姻期限共2年多。她說過去兩段婚姻都是以錯誤的方式開啟，「我選擇他們是因為不想孤獨，或是試圖填補內心的寂寞。」