I have just stumbled upon two articles (N°1 and N°2) and reading them was like an epiphany. I recommend you read at least the first one. The gist is that not having any close physical contact can have adverse effects on physical and mental health. The reason why reading this was such a revelation for me was a past experience: Two months or so ago I was on a university field trip to France with my then-still-crush. So we saw each other every day and spent a lot of time together. And all the time I had this really, really strong urge that almost drove me insane, I could barely focus on anything else. Surprisingly, it wasn't to have sex with her, I barely ever though of that. It was the desire to hug her. To hold her, to hold hands with her, stuff like that. I didn't want to have sex, I wanted to feel close to someone! If what the two articles claim is true, and the observation I just described would support it, then that means two things: 1. My constant desire to find a partner might not primarily have anything to do with the desire to get laid or even to be in a relationship but mainly with wanting to experience physical contact. I mean, that doesn't really change anything because I can't get that either but it currently feels like changing the objective it would take some pressure off of me. 2. All those people constantly saying that you don't need a girlfriend to be happy aren't technically wrong but they aren't right either, strictly speaking. Not having a significant other in your life who can offer you cuddles can have adverse effects on one's well-being.