Ah, love and marriage. That thing women were historically brainwashed to go after—their “happily ever after.” But times have changed.
US social scientist Bella DePaulo affirms this, telling ABC.net, “The 21st century is the age of living single.”
It’s a global phenomenon, it seems. While here in our country, data released in 2018 reports an increase in the number of marriages, other parts of the world. Tech Times cites a 2017 survey that says, “There are more unmarried American adults now than there were 50 years ago. The data moreover showed that “single or unmarried people comprise 63.5 percent of today’s adult population compared to 72 percent in 1960.” Meanwhile in Australia, one in four women between the ages of 35 and 65 is single, according to a 2018 study. NPR also reports that in China, “Marriage rate has plummeted by nearly 30 percent in the past five years.” The article claims that one factor to this is that despite the fact that there are more men than women in their country, in Chinese universities, “women have outnumbered men for the past two decades.” They explain, “That means more women have career trajectories they don’t want to jeopardize by marrying and having children while they’re in their 20s and 30s. They’re marrying later, or not at all.” In Thailand, the same trend can be seen.