Why It's Better Not To Have A Valentine

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You're likelier to be thinner, happier, and drama-free, if you're man-free.

2. Less time scrubbing toilets and cleaning gunk out of the drainer, more time eating bon-bons and watching VH1 or doing whatever the heck you please.
Single women do less housework a week than married ones (10 hours for single women versus 15 hours for married), most of it apparently cleaning up after married men, who only do five hours, according to a Toulouse University study. (Single men do seven hours of chores, hence the telltale odeur of most bachelor pads).

So instead of picking up someone else's socks and underwear (and washing them and folding them and putting them away), I have five extra hours a week to go out with friends, read the paper, see a movie, or just lie on the couch and look at my messy apartment without having to get up and do anything about it.

3. Bigger bucks.
Though the income gap between men and women is long-standing, some women do make more than men: Women in their 20s who live in big cities, most of whom are single. They earn up to 20 percent more than single men, a Queens College study found. The same did not hold true for women over 30, or those who lived in rural areas. Why? Because those women were more likely to be married, researchers speculated. Let Rush Limbaugh call me a crazed feminazi, but I like earning at least as much as a guy for the same work. (And single women aren't just buying Manolos and Balenciaga bags, we're also investing in homes; in fact, single women bought about 20 percent of the homes on the market last year.)

4. We can still fit into our "skinny" jeans.
Ever been a teeny bit jealous of how great a bride looks? Don't be, because chances are she'll be gaining more weight than you in the next few years. A recent Cornell University study that single women gain 15 pounds between their late teens and early 20s, while married women gain 24.

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