Everything You Think You Know About Singles is Wrong: We separate fact from fiction with the first comprehensive study of singles in America

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As a leader in the online dating industry, Match understands and serves the American single.   And while we ask our members questions, gather feedback, glean insight from their actions on our site and do lots of research, we felt it was time for a more rigorous study that would carefully define exactly who singles are in 2011.  Put aside what you used to think and get ready to have a very different view about the single people in your life.  They’re not who you think they are.

Myth: Women are needy and clingy in relationships.

Fact: Women need more independence in relationships than men do.  In a relationship, women are more likely than men – across every age group – to want their own interest, have personal space, their own bank account, regular nights out with their girlfriends and vacations on their own.

Myth: Guys don’t want to get married and have to be pushed into having kids.

Fact: Men are just as inclined to want to get married as women.  In fact, 33% of men and 33% of women said they want to get married.  And among singles without children under 18, more men (24%) than women (15%) say they want to have children.

Myth: Older people don’t care about sex.

Fact: Older men and women are less likely to compromise on either love or sexual attractiveness in order to have a committed relationship.  In addition, older singles find sex while in a committed relationship more satisfying than other age groups.

Myth: Single parents have no social life.

Fact: Not only do single parents go on more dates than singles without kids but more single parents are currently dating someone (21%) than those without kids (16%).

Myth: Young singles today are promiscuous.

Fact: More people in the 21-34 age group say they have never had sex. To be precise, 24% of men and 23% of women ages 21-34 are virgins.

Myth: I love you implies a serious commitment.

Fact: 31% of singles believe that “I love you” means “I want you in my life” and 30% believe it means “I care about you.”  Only 14% think it means “I want to spend the rest of my life with you” and 19% that “I want to have a committed relationship with you.”

Myth: Unemployed means unlucky in love.

Fact: 50% of singles would be open to dating someone unemployed if they found the person interesting.

Myth: Hook-ups never turn into relationships.

Fact: 36% of singles are open to a casual hook-up in the near future; and 54% of singles have had a one-night stand.  35% of singles have had a one-night stand that turned into a long term partnership.

For more information on our “Single in America” study:

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10 Comments

  1. Ray Ham
    Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    Perhaps that is why I am still single! I think what I know about staying single is right, lol!!!

  2. Posted February 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Interesting facts about relationships. You really do show things that are counterintuitive to what we see in the press.

  3. Mike Nestor
    Posted February 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Show us a chart with age and % regarding “24% of men and 23% of women ages 21-34 are virgins.”

  4. Posted February 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Oh wow, this is really interesting, especially the fact about more women needing independence. I never would have thought that!

  5. Posted February 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Wow there are a lot of myths about single women, I agree we need more independance then men do.

  6. Posted August 20, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

    24% of men and 23% of women ages 21-34 are virgins.?? I just can’t believe this.

  7. Posted September 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The virgin fact is hard to believe but that is probably because if you watch MTV at all you would think most young adults are promiscuous.

  8. chelsey king
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink | Reply

    Being single is not a big deal,is not status. It’s like saying that you are INDEPENDENT and strong enough to carry your own responsibility that you don’t need to seek the needs of other people. 😉

  9. Posted February 3, 2012 at 12:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    Most of all I’m happy to see that single parents are still getting out there and enjoying their lives. I know quite a few single parents and I know how tough their journey can be. They deserve happiness and love just as much as the rest of us. Good on you, guys.

  10. Katie B.
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How were people polled and how many of them? I want to quote this, but if the sample size is 200 match.com users answering an online survey it’s not worth noticing.

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