Could your genes be the reason you're single?

Could Your Genes Be the Reason You're Single?
Could Your Genes Be the Reason You're Single?

Are you one of those people who's always in a relationship -- or maybe you're perpetually single?

Well, your status might have something to do with your genes, according to a new study out of China.

Researchers in Beijing discovered the gene named 5-HTA1. Carriers are reportedly 20 percent more likely to be single.

According to the Daily Mirror: "5-HTA1 is thought to lower serotonin levels -- a feel-good chemical -- which causes people to feel uncomfortable in close relationships."

Carriers are also generally more neurotic and have a higher rate of depression.

Researchers found those attributes are "detrimental to the formation, quality and stability of relationships."

Some experts questioned the reliability of the research -- this was from a relatively small sample size of 600 people, and all of them students.

One relationship expert told the Daily Mail: "If someone's difficulties with dating are flagged up to them, I believe they can learn to interact in a way that will make them more successful in meeting somebody."

Still, when Grandma asks you again this Christmas why you're still not married, you can tell her she's at least a teeny bit responsible.

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