USA Today (02.12.12) - Friday, February 10, 2012
Two-thirds of US singles age 21 and older responding to a
recent national survey expressed doubts about marrying. Almost
40 percent said they were uncertain about wanting to marry; 27
percent said they want to remain single; and 34.5 percent said
they do want to marry.
Most of the 5,541 singles surveyed are heterosexual (90.5
percent); 56.5 percent have never married; 30.9 percent are
divorced; 2.4 percent are separated; and 10.2 percent are
The "Singles in America" survey was conducted online in
December by MarketTools for the Internet dating service
Match.com. It was developed by the Institute for Evolutionary
Studies at Binghamton University, with input from biological
anthropologist Helen Fisher and Chicago sex therapist Laura
"It's true that researchers used to find that people who
hadn't gotten married still had aspirations to get married,
but I think that may be eroding now," said sociologist Michael
Rosenfeld of California's Stanford University. "If they're 20
years into adult relationships and haven't found somebody they
want to marry, maybe they've changed their minds about how
necessary marriage is."
The survey found that 55 percent of singles (men: 66 percent;
women: 44 percent) reporting having sex on the first date.
Online socializing may be facilitating this, said Berman:
"It's almost as if by the time they've had the first physical
date, it might have been the equivalent of three dates. I
think this online sharing has definitely escalated some of
this familiarity and quickness in which people get into sexual
Almost one-quarter said they generally have sex after one, two
or three dates; 25 percent said they do so "when the other
person is ready"; 19 percent said "when we agree to an
exclusive relationship"; and 13 percent said "when we are
Having had a one-night stand was reported by 58 percent of
singles (men: 65 percent; women: 51 percent).
Forty-four percent said they had not experienced infidelity.
Among those who had, 36 percent said their partner had been
unfaithful; 8 percent said they themselves had been
unfaithful; 13 percent said both parties had been unfaithful.