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Why you're better off going alone than not at all
Why you're better off going alone than not at all

How many times have you wanted to see a buzzed-about film or been dying to check out a new restaurant or go to a concert, but you couldn't find someone to go with? Chances are, you stayed home. If you did, you wouldn't be unusual. We conducted five studies in 2013 and 2014 to test when and why people did and didn't do things alone. We confirmed our hypothesis: People are likely to skip many experiences if they don't have companions. This was true for men and women, across age groups, in relationships and single, and of many (self-reported) personality types. First we surveyed 96 Americans, ages 18 to 67, asking them how much they imagined they would enjoy certain...

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