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The Best Reasons Not to Get Married

Marriage isn't for everyone. It's particularly not for those who enjoy having tons of fun, want to meet new people, crave spontaneous adventures, and cringe at the thought of commitment or children. Sure, marriage has been a standard cultural practice for centuries, but we're living in an era where experiencing the world has never been more possible. With the right resources, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Like seriously - when you're not married you can pretty much do whatever you want and it's common for adults these days to stay unmarried. 

Relationships can be great. You have a partner who's hopefully reliable and attentive. Hopefully you have enough sex and still find the time to explore yourself individually. But committing to a life of commitment and monogamy is a preemptive and proverbial middle finger to the thousands of opportunities you'll have to deny as your life progresses with that ring around your finger. So if you've been fishing for some reasons not to get married, we propose the following.

This list isn't meant to discourage you; think of this list of reasons to never get married merely as a checklist... are you really ready? Vote up the reasons you agree with most as far as why not get married and add any other reasons that have kept you from tying the knot. If you're on the fence, you can always check out this list of reasons to get married. Either way, best of luck.
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  • You Love Being Independent
    1

    You Love Being Independent

  • You Like to Spend Your Own Money However You Please
    2

    You Like to Spend Your Own Money However You Please

  • You Cherish Making Your Own Plans on the Weekend
    3

    You Cherish Making Your Own Plans on the Weekend

  • You Don't Need a Partner to Feel Complete
    4

    You Don't Need a Partner to Feel Complete

  • Weddings Are Crazy Expensive
    5

    Weddings Are Crazy Expensive

  • You Haven't Finished Pursuing Your Personal Goals
    6

    You Haven't Finished Pursuing Your Personal Goals

  • You Can Support Yourself Financially
    7

    You Can Support Yourself Financially

  • 50% of All Marriages End in Divorce
    8

    50% of All Marriages End in Divorce

  • You'll Always Have to Answer to Someone Other Than Yourself
    9

    You'll Always Have to Answer to Someone Other Than Yourself

  • You Can Hardly Stand to Be Around ANYONE for More Than 24 Hours
    10

    You Can Hardly Stand to Be Around ANYONE for More Than 24 Hours

  • You're Completely Satisfied with Your Life
    11

    You're Completely Satisfied with Your Life

  • You Aren't Emotionally Stable
    12

    You Aren't Emotionally Stable

  • You've Already Experienced Multiple Long Term Relationships
    13

    You've Already Experienced Multiple Long Term Relationships

  • You Haven't Dealt with Psychological Issues from Your Childhood
    14

    You Haven't Dealt with Psychological Issues from Your Childhood

  • You're Usually Attracted to Multiple People at a Time
    15

    You're Usually Attracted to Multiple People at a Time

  • The Thought of Commitment Makes You Physically Ill
    16

    The Thought of Commitment Makes You Physically Ill

  • You're Still Pursuing Your Education
    17

    You're Still Pursuing Your Education

  • You Know That You Don't Want Children
    18

    You Know That You Don't Want Children

  • Big Events Give You Severe Anxiety
    19

    Big Events Give You Severe Anxiety

  • You Can't Stand Your S.O.'s Family
    20

    You Can't Stand Your S.O.'s Family

  • You Have Tons of Debt
    21

    You Have Tons of Debt

  • You're Trying to Fill an Emotional Void
    22

    You're Trying to Fill an Emotional Void

  • You'd Never Relocate Your Career for Anyone or Anything
    23

    You'd Never Relocate Your Career for Anyone or Anything

  • You Have a Serious and Extensive Career Path
    24

    You Have a Serious and Extensive Career Path

  • You'll Probably End Up Sleeping in Separate Bedrooms, Anyways
    25

    You'll Probably End Up Sleeping in Separate Bedrooms, Anyways