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In research on stereotypes of single people, my colleagues and I found that other people believe that single people are lonelier than married people, and that they become even lonelier as they get older. In fact, though, there is no evidence from longitudinal research that getting married makes people less lonely, and there is evidence that getting married makes people more insular.

Here are some of my writings on loneliness. You will not find the usual story lines about loneliness here. There are way too many misconceptions out there and it is time to debunk them.

Will you be less lonely if you get married? There is no evidence for that

Single People Aren’t to Blame for the Loneliness Epidemic

No partner, no worries: New study of psychological health (loneliness, depression, and stress)

Single and lonely? The truth may be exactly the opposite

Is living alone the unlikely answer to loneliness?

Maybe it is the exclusion that hurts

The pain of being excluded because you are single

Almost 30: the hardest time to be single?

Vulnerable single people and resilient single people

Are Americans really becoming more lonely?

Are we less lonely than we’ve been in decades?

Are Americans becoming more and more isolated?

The loneliness panic

Misconceptions about loneliness

Singles in society and in science (evidence that people think singles are lonely)

Is solitude something you enjoy or a way of avoiding other people?

Mythbuster: How Going Solo takes lonely out of alone

When isolated people are not lonely and connected people are

We have it all wrong about lonely people

Who is the true avatar of the lonely crowd: The single person or the couple?

What is the opposite of loneliness?

Is there anything good about loneliness?

The happy loner

More questions and observations about loneliness

Now we know whether Facebook is making us lonely

I’ve been single all my life. I rarely get lonely

The stunning appeal of a story about a man who died alone

ALSO CHECK OUT this collection of articles on solitude and this collection on living alone.

Alone: The badass psychology of people who like being alone