Tired of scrolling through your BFF’s holiday engagement photos while sitting alone on your couch? It seems like the holiday season brings out the worst in social media and it can cause major anxiety for some. No matter how genuinely happy you are for your friends, seeing all of this updates of happy times, families and engagements can still make your holidays glum.
Here are four things you should keep in mind if your Instagram feed has you feeling like you’ll be #ForeverAlone:
- Most people end up married. According to the American Psychological Association, roughly 90 percent of people tie the knot by the time they hit 50 in western societies.
- Half of married couples end up divorced. Between 40 and 50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce.
- Marrying older might decrease your chances of divorce. According to a study published in the Journal of Family Psychology, people who married “on-time” (women between ages 23 and 27, and men between ages 27 and 30) or “late” (women over age 27, men over age 30) reported fewer symptoms of depression later on in life than those who married on the earlier side.
- Getting married shouldn’t be the end game for happiness. Worrying about ending up in the small pool of unmarried fiftysomethings takes up way too much time and energy that could be spent on evolving into the best version of you.