What are the Real Trends on Singledom, Kids & Marriage?
Match.com recently funded a study of 5,200 singles with some interesting findings. First, the study seems to debunk the stereotype that guys are often “commitmentphobes.” The survey suggests that “Single men are, on the whole, as likely to want to get married as single women. They are more likely than women to be open to dating people of a different race or religion, more prone to falling in love at first sight, more eager to combine bank accounts sooner and more likely to want children.”
Helen Fisher, an anthropologist from Rutgers University was part of the research team. Says Fisher, "This study confirms what my research on the brain shows," says Fisher. "The mechanisms for attachment for men and women are exactly the same. Just as many men want to get married as women do."
Not so says Canada where in the last few decades, there seems to be a demographic shift to singledom. Bella DePaulo, author of Single With Attitude: Not Your Typical Take on Health and Happiness, Love and Money, Marriage and Friendship says, “Singles are no longer marking time until the day they become unsingle.”
According to thestar.com, “Thirty per cent of households in Canada are occupied by singles. By 2026, it is expected to reach almost 40 percent. Globally, the story is much the same - ” Research suggests that more than half of all singles are not looking for a committed relationship.
The desire to have kids also shows some shifts. In the match.com survey, over 50 percent of guys ages 21-35 said they wanted kids, and opposed to 46 percent of women in same age range. In the age range of 35-44, 27 percent said they wanted them, and 16 percent of women said they did. In the survey overall, more women said they were definitely skipping parenthood.Continued on the next page