07Apr

The author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereot

yped, Stigmatized, and Ignored said at the same time, people start to see the positive aspe

cts of living single, such as being free to pursue their passions, enjoying solitude an

d putting the people they care most about at the center of their lives, instead of a romantic partner.

Other factors contributing to the rise of one-person househol

ds include high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and be

tter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.

As of 2017, the average age of a first marriage for women was about 27.5, while it was

29.5 for men. Demographers estimate that about 80 percent of Americans will marry at some point in their lives.

That’s a lot lower than the 95 percent who married in the 1950s and 1960s, and it may drop somewhat more, according to Steph

anie Coontz, a marriage historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.

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