Single women are happier than single men - dating website
LIFE in the single lane for Sarah McCutcheon is self-paced - how she likes it.
She has no de facto relationship responsibilities, watches her favourite TV series when she wants and enjoys happy hour most weekends without someone pulling the reins on her.
The new RSVP Date of the Nation Report 2013 showed that 71% of Australian singles were happy being unattached. However, single women were likely to be happier than single men.
Sarah, 19, is part of the 80% of all single Australian women who were happy being single, compared to only 65% of men.
She is an acting manager at Roger David Menswear at Stockland Rockhampton.
"I have some friends who have partners and they don't go out to the clubs or don't go out partying," she said.
"You don't have to worry about anyone else. I work a lot and I'm hardly home, so I fill my free time a lot."
Sarah has plans to study fashion design next year at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
She has dreams of becoming a fashion director of a magazine or her own clothing line.
RSVP relationship psychologist John Aiken said with changes in gender roles and opportunities today, women were embracing the fun and challenges a single life offered more than men.
Singles were more comfortable with their status as they aged.
36% of all single men and 52% of all single women rate independence or the freedom to make their own decisions as the most enjoyable thing about being unattached
87% of single women aged over 51 years are happy being single, compared to the national average of 71% of single people happy with their unattached status