The Bureau of Labor Statistics has been tracking the numbers of married couples versus singles since 1976. And now, for the first time there are more single Americans than people who are married.
Currently, about 50.2 percent — or 124.6 million American adults — are single. In 1950, that number was about 22 percent. Singles have taken over which is interesting when you consider the plethora of on-line dating sites.
“It’s actually probably easier to meet people now than ever before, if you think about all of the incredible technologies we have to connect,” says Eric Klinenberg, a sociology professor at New York University and the author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. “But one big issue is people today are really looking for their soul mate,” he says, “and they’re not going to compromise.
“People who live alone have a degree of control over their time and space that very few other people have,” says Klinenberg. “They have a chance for solitude, and kind of a productive solitude. We live in this moment of incredible hyper-connection and we’re always engaged with social life through social media. When you live alone, you have a little oasis in your apartment.”
Most of the single people I know have a pet either a cat or dog, sometimes both. Hopefully this increase in the happy single life in America will have a positive effect on adoption numbers in that more people will consider adopting a furkid and giving them a loving forever home.
Fur kids give unconditional love and affection, they are non-judgemental — and you don’t have to spend a vast fortune paying for a college education.
That’s a win-win!