by Marcus Leach
Such is human nature that we, and by we I mean us men, are forever chasing love and will go to great lengths to win over the apple of our eye. But how much does love really cost, and would we be better off on our own?
Obviously, and I think most men would agree, it's a no brainer when I say that regardless of cost we would all rather be happily involved in a loving relationship. But a recent study has shown that, in financial terms, we would indeed be better off alone.
The research, carried out by TotallyMoney, shows that 52% of men currently in a relationship feel that life as a couple is more expensive than being single. When you factor in the cost of going on dates, gifts and romantic getaways, the cost of courtship is not cheap.
• 52% of men in a relationship believe they'd be richer as bachelors
• 61% of women in a relationship think they'd be financially better off as they are.
• Age affected the results as it was largely middle-aged people (35-44) who answered 'yes'
• Meanwhile 68% of single people agreed that they’d be wealthier remaining alone
This data may appear surprising, especially given the current high costs of living alone. Rent, mortgages, bills, food; in the UK, shouldering these expenses alone is a struggle for many individuals who do not live with a partner. Yet still men believe they'd be financially better off as bachelors.
But are people really being inundated with expensive gifts and treats from their male partners? Do men really contribute more financially to their relationships in the 21st century? 61% of women who are in a relationship seem to think that may be the case. This significant percentage thinks that they would be richer in their current relationship and poorer alone.
Hearteningly, the gender gap diminishes significantly in younger age groups:
• 51.6% of men in a relationship aged 24-35 believe they'd be richer in that relationship
In our current economy, sticking together as a young couple looks much more economically viable than going solo. With rents rising and getting on the housing ladder more challenging than ever before, young couples are finding that shacking up comes with plenty of financial incentives.
Moreover we must ask the question; would you rather be better off financially and alone, or in a relationship and with a little less disposable income? Surely you can't put a price on love and the joy a happy relationship brings?