I think you nailed it, Lion King. I’ve seen many, many men let their education and/or careers go to hell because they’re too busy chasing tail. Nothing wrong with the pursuit of women, but I’m talking about guys who drop out of college or get fired from work because they simply let their social lives (or the attempt to have a social life) interfere.
When you have a long term girlfriend or get married, this provides a base of support - if you get involved with the right woman. A good one is foundational and supportive to all your efforts and goal, as you should be to hers. A bad, self-destructive one will take you down with her. (I have a whole rant written on this topic I need to finish up.)
I’ve often said that I would have never graduated from college if I hadn’t had a steady girl the whole time. I would have been so busy trying to FIND a girl, I would have LOST my education.
Of course, some guys do just fine without a girlfriend or a wife. Doesn’t affect them in the least bit. In fact, they thrive on not being tied down and spend all their time starting a career, getting an education etc. I talked to one guy recently who’s doing very well for himself. He said he would never be where he’s at today if he had to entertain a girlfriend. He works from sun up to sun down. Said he’d worry about getting into a serious relationship later and just doesn’t want one right now.
So, in the end, it really depends on the individual.