Northrop, herself single, and now living in San Antonio, believes several key cultural changes led to the spike in single households.
“We live in the day of not only multiple choices but seemingly endless choices,” Northrop says.
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“People hesitate to commit because they want to keep their options open.” Even though they are lonely, people cling to freedom, including sexual freedom, and the material possessions and pleasures. peaked in 1980, but the 2007 rate, 17.5 divorces per 1,000 married women, was still almost double the 1960 rate of 9.2, according to a National Marriage Project report issued in February 2009 by Rutgers University.
They might say they want to wed, Northrop asserts in her conference talks, but some singles are wary of the hard work and sacrifice marriage entails. The rise in singledom is not for lack of those trying to escape — with technological assistance.
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