Am I better off alone or married?

Nearly a third of the almost 85 million baby boomers in Canada and the United States are single, a fact that surprises a lot of people. Then again, this was the generation that democratized living together, separation, and divorce. Now well on into middle age and the later stages of life, many “boomers” continue to question the status quo, including their relationship commitments and the institution of marriage. As they pass 50, many people realize that they’ve still got some great years ahead of them.

So, if you’re in your fifties or older, is it better to be single or be in a couple? Many believe that being single has worthy advantages, especially if you have a strong need for freedom. Gone are the unhappy compromises, endless negotiations, and the marital constraints: you are your only boss! For those who have gone through painful divorces, the idea of reliving such an experience is simply unimaginable.

On the other hand, being single has its inconveniences, starting with finances. There’s a world of difference between sharing expenses and bearing alone all the costs of living. And don’t forget the loneliness: having to eat alone, the absence of affection, and the fear of finishing your days without anyone by your side, especially for those who don’t have any children.

One thing is certain: you’re never too old to fall in love. These days it’s quite common to see couples separating after 20 or 30 years of living together and beginning again with a new partner. The search for happiness is an enduring pastime, one that is proven to be alive and well according to the surge of online dating sites specifically created for people 50 years and older.

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