THIS WEEK IS
National Singles Week-- September 10-16. Most single people in the U.S. are not happy about their solitary state. According to an annual Yahoo! Singles poll, only 38 percent of single women and 31 percent of single men are happy to be alone.
But another study suggests that most singles in the U.S. are not actively seeking a romantic partner or even dating frequently. That's the word from a national survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which found that 49% of young singles had been on no more than one date in the past three months. It turns out they're perfectly happy going to the movies alone, hanging out in bars with friends or just staying home and watching reruns on cable TV. What is even more surprising is that a scant 16% of singles are even looking for a romantic partner, a group that represents 7% of the entire adult population. A little less than half the U.S. population is single, but about 25% say they are in committed relationships. Among those who aren't in such a relationship, 55% say they aren't seeking love. Broken down by gender, that is 42% of unattached men and 65% of single women. When asked how many dates they had been on in the previous three months, 36% said no dates, while 13% said one date, 22% said two to four dates and 25% said five or more.