New data from the General Social Survey (GSS) has revealed that 51% of 18-34-year-olds in America don’t consider themselves to be in a steady relationship.
The number has been rising gradually since 2004, when it was just 33%. Some commentators have suggested attributing the trend to the massive uptake of (often casual) online dating platforms.
The popular ‘paradox of choice’ theory posits that singles can often be hesitant about committing to a new relationship, because they believe there is someone more compatible just a few swipes away.
Further, the US census from 2018 shows that the average age of marriage is increasing, to around 30 for men and 28 for women, with one reason potentially being that people are more inclined to prioritise their careers over their love lives.
34% of Americans over the age of 65 are also single. Recent research from senior dating platform Ourtime found that a quarter of senior singles in the UK are open to being involved in a polyamorous relationship.
The data from GSS also showed that political supporters of the Democrat party (41%) are less likely to be in a relationship than Republican supporters (29%).
A number of right-wing specific dating apps have been created in recent months, largely because Republicans feel outnumbered and discriminated against on mainstream platforms.
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