I see some people are the marriage materials while others are not. So, what would be the tell-tale sign one can fit to be a husband or wife. Here are some of differences I came up with: Single I make my own decisions on all of my purchases (including cars, Macs, and etc). I don’t have to support extra bodies with my salary.(it’s all mine) I don’t have to set aside money for kids’ education funds. When I get old, I would be on my own. No tedious family obligation (no need to visit in-laws). I will pay taxes as a single (no “married-couple-only” deduction). I can go to any night-outs with any company if I choose to do so. I can have a quiet night at home. I have to do laundry. Socially, I might get frowned upon when I pass 40 and am not married. I will get pissed when my tax money goes to someone else’s kids. I cannot use the family reasons for backing out of after-hour invitations from my coworkers or bosses. Married with children I have to share the decision-making process with my partner (and the family). I have to support the family. I have to set aside money for kids’ education funds. When I get old, it’s good to know there is someone I have raised. Visiting in-laws during the holiday seasons. I get the tax deductions as a married guy. I may need to get permission for any night-outs. I may have raucous nights at home with kids and a nagging wife. If my wife does it, I don’t need to do laundry. I get the social approval that I am married. I don’t really get pissed off at the tax money going toward the children’s education. I can tell my coworkers and bosses that I have family obligations when they ask me to hang out for after-hours. Please note the above is no where near complete. I missed out lots of other points in that comparison.