There is no point being in a relationship for the sake of it. It’s better to be single than being involved in a poor-quality relationship. This is according to a study conducted by a research team from the University of Buffalo in New York.
The researchers also found that being in a happy relationship benefits your physical and mental health. Being in a poor-quality relationship negatively affects physical and mental health.
According to Ashley Barr, assistant professor in the University of Buffalo’s department of sociology, the longer people are in a healthy relationship, the better for their health and the faster they quit a poor-quality relationship, the better their health.
“Health benefits begin to accrue relatively quickly with high-quality relationships and supportive contexts,” Ashley Barr is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“And then we see detrimental effects from low-quality relationships – particularly, those low-quality relationships that last a long time.”
Professor Barr added: “The findings suggest that it’s better for health to be single than to be in a low-quality relationship.
“It’s not being in a relationship that matters; it’s being in a long-term, high-quality relationship that’s beneficial.
“Low-quality relationships are detrimental to health. The findings suggest that it’s better for health to be single than to be in a low-quality relationship.”
The study was published in the Journal of Family Psychology.