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Can a fear of being single lead us to be impulsive when choosing a romantic partner? A new study suggests it can: in the North American study, researchers found that a fear of being single led people to settle for less in their relationships. So maybe that pledge you made back in the day with your bestie to marry her if no one sweeps her off her feet in 20 years wasn’t such a bad idea after all, yeah? Researchers predicted greater romantic interest in less attractive dating partners and led to settling for and staying in unsatisfying relationships. Check out how to Get A Girl’s Number and Date Out Of Your League. Study authors note this was not just the case for women – the same applied to men. “Loneliness is a painful experience for both men and women, so it’s not surprising that the fear of being single seems not to discriminate on the basis of gender,” says co-author Professor Geoff MacDonald from the University of Toronto.