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  • Single men in their 20s are more likely to struggle with depression and excessive drinking than their married peers. Tweet This
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In movies headlined by overgrown boy actors such as Owen Wilson, Seth Rogen and Vince Vaughn, the 20-something single guy’s life sure looks like a lot of fun. In one iconic scene from “Wedding Crashers,” Will Ferrell’s character’s response to hearing of a friend’s impending marriage is hysterical laughter. “What an idiot, oh what a loser! Good, good, more [women] for me and you!” After kissing an impossibly beautiful hookup goodbye, the Ferrell character proclaims: “I’m just living the dream.”

Oh, the life of the young single man. Pop culture’s depiction of young men’s single years as impossibly fun, footloose and fancy-free has a certain purchase in our culture. It’s one reason why plenty of young men look at marriage as a “ball and chain,” but that mind-set can have a number of downsides.

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