Statistics on Singlehood

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In the United states, statistics show that 30 percent to 35 percent of the adult population is single, with more singles living in large cities than in rural areas. Find out how being single has become a lifestyle choice with information from a psychologist and couples counselor in this free video on relationships and singlehood.

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Hi, my name is Reka Morvay. I'm a psychologist, and I'm going to talk to you about statistics on singlehood. In the United States, it appears that the...on average, between 30 to 35 percent of the adult population is single. It also appears that there are more singles living in larger cities than in rural areas, which might be explained by the fact that in larger cities, there's more of an opportunity for a social life for single people than in rural areas where it's more about family units living in a tight-knit community and probably not much of a social life for single people. Historically, it appears that the status of singlehood has changed over the past 100, 200 years. Whereas previously, being single was either a transitional stage between being a teenager and being a married couple as an adult or being perpetually single was much less accepted a few hundred years ago and there was much less opportunity for it, too. But recently -- more recently -- being single has become...has gained the level of a lifestyle choice, so people can continue living as single, never married, until the day that they die whereas previously, this was much more of a fringe choice. And usually it happened to people, perhaps, not by choice but rather by circumstance.

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