20 Pros and Cons of Being Single in Your 20s

I've spent most of my 20s as a card-carrying member of the Singles Club — an exclusive group for those of us who can't seem to settle down. Sure, there have been a few times where I had to put my membership on hold. But a few months later, I come crawling back. My friends from home, the monogamous types who have been with their mates since high school, look at my life with such a sense of wonder. To them, my stories of first dates and wild nights on the town are as entertaining as an episode of Game of Thrones, but with way less bloodshed.

Sure, there are some benefits to being single. I feel no shame flirting with a waiter to get a discount on my drinks, and I can watch all the chick flicks I want without judgment. But there are also the downsides, like not having someone to share fun adventures with and spending rainy nights curled up on the couch alone. Here, the highs and lows of being free, sexy, single, and a 20-something. Source: HBO

01
Pro: You get to "try the buffet," so to speak.

Pro: You get to "try the buffet," so to speak.

02
Pro: You get free drinks at the bar.

Pro: You get free drinks at the bar.

Source: ABC Family

03
Con: But not free dinners.

Con: But not free dinners.

Source: Crackle

04
Con: Everyone around you seems to be paired off.

Con: Everyone around you seems to be paired off.

Source: Fox

05
Con: So you're forced to use online dating to meet guys.

Con: So you're forced to use online dating to meet guys.

Source: ABC Family

06
Con: You get set up on some not-so-great dates.

Con: You get set up on some not-so-great dates.

Source: CBS

08
Con: Your friends constantly remind you that you're single.

Con: Your friends constantly remind you that you're single.

Source: NBC

09
Con: And annoyingly reassure you that, someday, you'll find someone.
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Con: And annoyingly reassure you that, someday, you'll find someone.

10
Pro: You can eye flirt with cute guys without the guilt.

Pro: You can eye flirt with cute guys without the guilt.

Source: The CW

11
Con: You have a permanent spot at the singles table.

Con: You have a permanent spot at the singles table.

12
Con: You have to learn how to play the game.

Con: You have to learn how to play the game.

Source: MTV

13
Con: You have no one to snuggle with at night.

Con: You have no one to snuggle with at night.

14
Pro: You don't have to spend what little money you have on gifts.

Pro: You don't have to spend what little money you have on gifts.

Source: AMC TV

15
Pro: You learn how to be independent.

Pro: You learn how to be independent.

16
Pro: Free from distractions, you can focus on your career.

Pro: Free from distractions, you can focus on your career.

17
Con: Your parents start to worry about you, but not in a good way.

Con: Your parents start to worry about you, but not in a good way.

Source: HBO

18
Con: Sometimes you worry that you'll never find love.

Con: Sometimes you worry that you'll never find love.

Source: Fox

19
Pro: But quickly reassure yourself that any guy would be lucky to have you.

Pro: But quickly reassure yourself that any guy would be lucky to have you.

Source: NBC

20
Pro: You learn how to love yourself and realize you're pretty damn great!

Pro: You learn how to love yourself and realize you're pretty damn great!

Source: CBS

So put your hands up, ladies, because being a single lady isn't that bad!

So put your hands up, ladies, because being a single lady isn't that bad!