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Singles in America in 2011: “Interesting” to Say the Least--Editorial

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February is the month of love with Valentine’s Day in the air. Millions of cards and roses are purchased this month alone. Being relationship experts, we have to offer some insightful commentary to our readers and, as always, we aim to take on new angles and opinions to stir the mind. As I sat down to write this piece, I came across a recent study administered by one of the largest dating sites on the internet, Match.com: The survey is entitled “Singles in America.” According to the administrators, it is “the largest and most comprehensive study of singles in the United States” and was released just in time for Valentine's Day, 2011.

Dr. Helen Fisher, a cultural anthropologist who helped conduct the survey, pointed out that there were surprising results that dispel long-held beliefs about singles. The study included 5,200 single men and women between the ages of 21 and 65. Before I offer up my views, take a look at some of the juicy data that came from the survey:

--According to the study, 51 percent of men and 46 percent of women want to have children between the ages of 21 and 34, which are peak reproductive years.

--The study found that 54 percent of men say they have experienced love at first sight, compared to 41 percent of women.

--Ninety-six million Americans, or almost one-third of all Americans, are single. The survey shows that the happiest are those over the age of 65, among both men and women.

One of the first things I noticed after reading the results was that this survey takes into account only singles that are seeking their mate online via Match.com. One thing to note, there are more singles in America who are not seeking their mate online or via dating services like Match.com. As such, this survey is not a true representation of the American singles population.

With that said, there are some interesting facts to ponder here in 2011 with single men and women. Unlike a lot of stereotypes about men being non-committal, single men are increasingly joining online dating services and match-making services seeking their future mate.

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The survey was conducted on Match.com's behalf by an independent survey organization. The sample was not just Match.com subscribers.

February 14, 2011 - 3:59pm
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