Research Shows Number Of Single People Around World Growing

Published: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 3:19pm
Updated: Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 3:26pm

Traditionally, getting married was something that was simply a common part of adulthood — considered a significant part of “settling down” into maturity.

And millions of people — heterosexual and same sex — still go in that direction. But new research shows that the number of single people around the world has grown to an unprecedented level, and more of us are deciding to never get married.

Why is that, and is it actually beneficial to society, despite what we’ve always heard?

Bella DePaulo of the University of California-Santa Barbara writes the Living Single blog for Psychology Today and is the author of "Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized and Ignored and Still Live Happily Ever After."

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