As you get older, you spend a fair bit of time with your partner and a large amount with yourself. We know this thanks to data scientist Henrik Lindberg
who combed through results from an annual census from the US bureau of statistics.
The Quartz article also points out the difference between a small circle of quality relationships and a non-existent one as crucial. That makes sense, of course.
But, for me, the big takeaways are two-fold. First, your partner is likely going to be the single biggest influence on your life and personality.
And, second, it is worth developing a sense of self worth which, in turn, helps us love ourselves. Life can get very difficult if you are stuck spending all your time with someone you don’t love very much.