In 2011, the US Census Bureau reported, that percentage had dropped to 48 percent.In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 124.6 million Americans 16 years and older were single, or 50.2 percent of the population, compared with 37.4 percent of the population in 1976. One of the big ones has to do with when Americans get married.It’s not a good thing at all.” “British girls are really very sexual, which is surprising when considering the American perspective that us Brits are reserved and excessively polite.But actually, it’s the American woman who tends to take sex more slowly, which is neither good nor bad (depending on the night, of course).” “My mates and I think that certain accents are . So, British wit can often be lost to being too dry for the American palette. For some British men, it takes some getting used to.Instead of seeing them as — oh, you know — just another human being, they’ve become Gods among men. I reckon it’s quite like how we stare at your chest rather than your face. But while I’m able to see the forest for the trees nowadays, there are still women out there who will seek a British man out as if it’s a Cinnabon after a month-long diet.“Just as marriages are no longer alike, singleness is no longer all alike,” says Stephanie Coontz, director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families.Understanding the various facets of the new Singles Nation, it turns out, is key to understanding much about America today.
I’ve never felt the pressure here to get married.”Indeed, if there is any “normal” in the shifting, complicated world of American relationships, it arguably looks a lot more like Denison than her childhood friends who wed at 21.And it is singles, not marrieds, who are the most active in their communities.“When people get married, they have less contact with their friends, their siblings, their neighborhood,” De Paulo says, adding that studies show this is true even with people who are married and don’t have children.For years, the average age at which both men and women first marry has been creeping upward, to 27 for women and 29 for men. In other words, there may at any given moment be more single people who have never been married, but that doesn’t mean that those singles are going to stay that way.But this seemingly simple demographic explanation belies a huge shift in culture.