In a study of 5,541 single adults (21 and over) living in the United States, 40% were uncertain about wanting to get married and another 27% were clear that they did NOT want to marry.
Even having a relationship seems to be in question with most folks.
21.3% report they don’t have time or prefer to stay unattached. Only 12.7% are actively seeking a relationship. Just under half (46.8%) are not actively looking for a relationship but say that if they met the right person they would consider it, and 16.9% are dating someone. Another 2.2% like to play the field.
When asked about ‘deal breakers’, surveyors found that the top five in order of importance are:
- having a disheveled or unclean appearance (67%);
- being lazy (66%);
- being too needy (63%);
- lacking a sense of humor (54%);
- and distance — living more than three hours apart (49%)
The 2nd annual “Singles in America” study, was developed for Match.com by the Institute for Evolutionary Studies at Binghamton University, along with biological anthropologist Helen Fisher and sex therapist Laura Berman. The study was conducted online and completed in December.
You can read the Singles in America report on Match.com’s blog.
So… how do you feel about love and marriage nowadays? Please leave your comments in the section below.