Many of you are familiar with the TV show Sex and the City? (Recently released as a movie.) That show was not a hit because all of the women were married, but because they were single. It was the same thing with the sit coms Friends and Seinfeld. If you take a good look you’ll notice that very few TV hits from the last two decades were the Leave it to Beaver or Father Knows Best type of series. These newer, hotter shows reflected the single culture and that resonated with people for a reason.
If you look at the statistics, it’s not a surprise:
America hit a new record in 2005. That year the total number of single adult men and women made up 41% of the national population for adults 18 years and older. What that means is, for every 100 adults you met that year 41 were single. (Girls: that’s 4 out of every 10!).
|Now, to make it a bit more interesting, 60% of those singles (you met that year) had never-been-married. (Ok, if you don’t do numbers like me, that’s a bit over 2 of every 10). Pretty amazing, huh?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Facts and Features, 54% of those singles were women. Can you see where this is going?
For every 100 single women, at that point, there were only 86 unmarried men! (And we know not all of those were heterosexual!) Are you seeing what I’m seeing?
For a bit of a twist on the single set, if you want to talk about savvy, 36% of the voters in the 2004 presidential election, you guessed it – were single.
You’re single, right? If so, please tune in tomorrow. And if you can, skim back over days 1-7 (below) so you don’t feel lost in this equation. I’d love to bring you up to speed on this little 30 day experiment I have launched. In the meantime, know this, we have only yet begun.
(Research taken from: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/007285.html)