Quit discriminating against single people - it's harmful, says Dr Eve

Society needs to stop marginalising single people, says clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

People often make assumptions about a person's social status, personality and character if they are single, she says.

They treat single people and married or attached people differently.

Read: Why many couples today are struggling with marriage

Dr Eve says relentless pressure on single people can lead to unhealthy habits and behaviours.

Author and social psychologist Bella de Paulo has coined the term "singlism”, which she describes as the stereotyping, stigmatising and discrimination against people who are single.

At the same time, De Paulo says society is obsessed with what she dubs “matrimania”, referring to the over-the-top hyping of marriage, weddings, and couples.

Also read: Is marriage overrated? Listeners share differing views

Dr Eve says singlism is pervasive in the workplace, the media, in advertising, religion, education and other institutions.

There's assumptions that people make around singlehood... This is incredibly harmful.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

We have discrimination based on fear, rather than fact. The fact is that people are steering away from marriage because they are enjoying singlehood.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Dr Eve shared her insights and spoke with several callers who shared their experiences of being single.

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