Why Are Today's Singles Staying Single?

Look around you: How many of your friends are single? Are you single? According to WebMD.com, singles are the fastest growing population in the US. The majority of Americans will spend the largest part of their adult lives being single. We are becoming known as the “unhooked generation” according to Jillian Straus who has recently published a book on why we are choosing to stay single. Straus writes, “?Today, romance and commitment are a foreign land to us. We are searching for love in an uncommitted world.”

But are we really all that uncommitted? And if so, why? Could it be the fear of settling down or settling for “second best”? The book Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough by Lori Gottlieb raised a storm of protest when it was published, as did her earlier article the book was based on. Gottlieb argues that women shouldn’t be holding out for “Mr. Right” but should just hook up with “Mr. Good Enough.”

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