Most young singles in America do not describe themselves as actively looking for romantic partners.Even those who are seeking relationships are not dating frequently.
These findings emerge from a national survey conducted last fall by the Pew Internet & American Life Project looking at the place of online dating in the larger picture of relationships in America.While a sizable segment of the population is single, about a quarter of unmarried Americans (26% or about 23 million adults) say they are in committed romantic relationships.Single men are more likely than single women to report being so situated.Yet among the uncommitted, relatively few say they are in the market for relationships.The survey found that dating in America is, indeed, affected by online matchmaking activity.But in analyzing our findings, we discovered another story: Large numbers of single Americans are not actively looking for relationships and even significant numbers of those looking for partners are not that active on the dating scene.
At first glance, the survey results suggest ample targets for Cupid among American adults.
The table below shows that while the majority of American adults (56% or 113 million people) are not in the dating market (they are married or living as married), the number of potential romance-seekers is still huge.
Fully 43% of adults (87 million people) say they are single. century with a swing towards marriage in the 1950s and 1960s.
These data generally align with findings from a 50,000-household survey conducted by the U. Marriage rates then receded as the ranks of both the widowed and the never-married increased.
Only 16% of single Americans say they are hunting for a partner.
That group represents 7% of the entire adult population.