If you care to know how your own personal experiences of being single line up with those of 5000 other single Americans, it might be fun to take a look. The study has lots of interesting (to me, anyway) factoids like the only thing married people miss about being single is having an independent schedule, that the number of women who want a commitment before having sex with the new guy is increasing, that 40% of people have fallen in love with someone who they did not initially find attractive, and that most single men say they first fell in love at age 10. (I’m pretty sure that love at age 10 is probably different than love at age 30, but it’s a cute idea.)
It also has a lot of really obvious findings like almost everyone is looking for someone who respects them and that they find physically attractive, most people think it’s rude to text on a date, and more and more people are communicating through text, email, and Twitter.
And it makes at least one claim that that I’m not sure I believe: that friends-with-benefits relationships are the new “pre-commitment” phase and are increasingly leading to long-term partnerships. I’m skeptical about this one because there are some unknowns here, like how are we defining “partnership”? And is this really just wishful thinking or, worse, a state of denial? I just don’t want young women to start thinking that having sex with men who aren’t their boyfriends is a good way to get them to become their boyfriend.
If you want to take a look at the presentation’s live stream on the YouTube Channel, click here. And since I think a little healthy skepticism is a good thing, if you want a counter-point to some of these findings, click here to see what singles expert, Bella DePaulo, PhD has to say about these findings.
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