What do 103 million Americans have in common? They are single. And for the third year in a row, Match.com has worked to understand them. In this 2012 investigation, we surveyed over 5,000 single men and women (as well as over 1,000 married folks), asking them some 200+ questions. However, we didn’t sample Match.com members; instead we polled a national representative sample, based on the US census. All were “never married,” divorced, widowed or separated; none were in a serious relationship. Included were the appropriate number of blacks, whites, Asians and Latinos, gays, lesbians and heterosexuals, men and women from every age group (21 to 71+), and rural, suburban and urban singles from every region of the nation. Whether they research potential dates on Facebook; if they “hook up” with co-workers; how many times they have fallen in love; what they “must have” in a long term partner: we asked them just about everything.
The media portray long-term love and commitment as doomed. But this three-year study consistently shows that American singles (including men) are earnestly seeking respect, trust, transparency and commitment in their relationships. Single men still fall in love faster and want to “move in” together sooner; while women still want more independence, including more girl’s nights out. But most singles in their twenties and thirties want to marry; and 90% of these believe they can stay married to the same person forever. Indeed, since 2010, single Americans have become more sanguine about making a long-term, fulfilling partnership. Nothing kills the primordial drive to love.
Match.com presents Singles in America 3
- More Myths About Marriage
- More on “Friends with Benefits” and One-Night Stands
- More on Dating in a Digital World
- More on Sexting and Texting
- More on Privacy in Love
- More on Single Parents
- More on Additional Key Findings
Infographic: How Singles Use Technology in Dating