What is singlehood? Defining terms in a society that continues to change its definitions is critical. Singlehood will be described for you below.




There are different types of singles. There are many reasons why a person may decide to be single. Society is most familiar with the concept of singlehood. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines singlehood as “the state of being single and especially unmarried.” According to this definition, singlehood is merely the status of not being in a romantic relationship or married. Singlehood is only the status of being single and is not permanent. This definition views single as temporary.


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There are many reasons why someone may be in a state of singlehood. Similarly, different degrees of being single go beyond singlehood status. The definition defines singlehood negatively in contrast to the state of being married. Still, the broad definition allows room for single people who may be in various relationships and lack a romantic partner.


An assumption that single people often encounter by people in romantic relationships, married, and by society is that if single people are not romantically involved with someone, then they are deficient in some way and are less valuable to society. Those who may currently be in a state of singlehood are recent widowers, divorcees, and single people who just got out of a romantic relationship or who have not definitively decided whether or not they want to remain permanently single.


In short, singlehood is only the status of being single. Single people in the state of singlehood may be seeking to enter a relationship or are undecided about their permanent identity. Singlehood is most generally a person’s Facebook relationship status as society defines “Single.”


Different Types Of Singlehood


People may be single for many reasons. Someone may be single by choice. Another person may be an involuntary celibate. Yet another could be a voluntary celibate. Another single could be a relationship-oriented single, while someone else may be perpetually single. Celibacy is another choice for singles. A person could be single by default. Finally, someone could be consciously single.


Special note: this was the first published article on the Secure Single website, which began in December 2015. The article has since been updated. 


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James Bollen is the Founder and President of Secure Single. He is an entrepreneur and a content creator with the goal of helping all different types of singles to learn to thrive as a single person.
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