When you're not in a relationship, even if you can't have sex, you can at least masturbate. You can't cuddle yourself though. That's strictly relationship territory.
2. Having someone to text throughout the day.
It breaks up the monotony, and texting memes and emojis to someone else is definitely better than filling out paperwork all day.
3. Getting exposed to new things.
Unless you're literally dating a clone of yourself (which raises all kinds of ethical questions), you're probably getting dragged along to things like bowling or even movies you never would have gone to otherwise. And you actually like some of these things.
4. Meeting new friends.
Yo, your number of Facebook friends just doubled.
5. Going to a bar and not feeling like you have to embarrass yourself in front of strangers.
There's nothing wrong with single life, but some of the pressures and awkwardness of trying to get a date are way too stressful. Being in a relationship means a bar becomes just a place you can grab a drink, instead of a building where you have to constantly be on point in case someone is watching.
6. Getting to go on fun dates pretty much whenever you want.
Going to the movies or dinner by yourself is awkward for a lot of people, and you can't always force your friends to come along. You know who you can force to come along? Your significant other.
7. You get more presents on your birthday.
This one is totally selfish but whatever. Extra presents source.
8. Couples vacations.
Once you're at the age where #Laboracay is no longer acceptable as a vacation, your only options are family vacations or vacations by yourself. Couples vacations mean you don't have to make vacation friends or go to the province with your dad.
9. You have someone to take care of you when you're sick.
In this case "take care" means "bring me some food and a box of tissues on the way home from work." But that's huge.
10. You have another house to sleep at when your roommates are driving you nuts.
Relationship? Boom, second house. It's like Monopoly.
11. You always have something to do.
You might not have a lot of downtime, but it's nice that you almost always have something planned. Bonus: It makes you look a lot more popular than you really are.
12. Not freaking out about your appearance as much.
Against all odds, you just convinced someone you're attractive. Time to stop obsessing over your abs/lack of abs.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.