In research on stereotypes of single people, my colleagues and I found that other people believe that single people are lonelier than married people, and that they become even lonelier as they get older. In fact, though, there is no evidence from longitudinal research that getting married makes people less lonely, and there is evidence that getting married makes people more insular.
Here are some of my writings on loneliness. You will not find the usual story lines about loneliness here. There are way too many misconceptions out there and it is time to debunk them.
Will you be less lonely if you get married? There is no evidence for that
No partner, no worries: New study of psychological health (loneliness, depression, and stress)
Maybe it is the exclusion that hurts
Are Americans really becoming more lonely?
Misconceptions about loneliness
Singles in society and in science (evidence that people think singles are lonely)
More questions and observations about loneliness