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Why is it so difficult to meet somebody today?

In spite of all the networking possibilities and social media?

If you are Single, Divorced or Widowed and want to get back into the Dating game, if you're looking for that elusive partner, you will be interested to hear how a pro went about it. I was a matchmaker in Ireland and had my own dating agency. I'm sharing my experience and insider views with my readers. For more info see my book's website:!

I had the honor of being asked to come on the local NBC show First Coast Living twice in the last week to give dating advice. If you missed it, you can read all that stuff in my book.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Single- but not looking

Boy, did I get some news yesterday on the evening news. Maybe you haven't heard either. According to renowned New York University sociology professor Eric Klinenberg the latest trend in North America's largest cities is to be single...and do stay it by design. That would mean the greatest demographic shift since the fifties.And singles stay single deliberately and not for lack of opportunity and choice.No longer is "single" an embarrassing epithet. In Atlanta, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Washington and Minneapolis more than 40% of households consist of one person. Canada has even more staggering results:
  • Vancouver -- 58 per cent  Toronto -- 53 per cent  Edmonton -- 55 per cent  Montreal -- 66 per cent
  • Victoria -- 70 per cent 
Prof. Klinenberg refers to singles as singletons which in my view still smacks a little of a stigmatized term. In the context of his research it must be an endearment! But their economic power is undeniable. Single people spend more money on socializing, restaurants, clothes etc. To quote the man "Living alone comports with modern values. It promotes freedom, personal control and self-realization — all prized aspects of contemporary life."
News out of Japan has confirmed this for a number of years: Japanese find sex and relationships too messy, tiring and "potentially humiliating". All of this will have implications for Japan's birthrate that has been dropping for years. In addition, the economic disaster of last year makes it too expensive for many young Japanese to get married. Well, what do they do instead? They are renowned to cherish technical devices. The young people featured in  that report were playing video games.

If you find this an interesting and novel fact that appeals to you, his book is called " Going Solo:The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone."

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