It’s no secret that young adults today are waiting longer than previous generations to get married and have children.
New data from the University of Chicago-based General Social Survey (GSS) shows that young people aren’t just waiting longer to put a ring on it, they’re also in no rush to even be in a relationship.
The GSS, an annual survey that examines Americans attitudes and behaviors towards trends, showed that 51 percent of Americans between ages 18 and 34 don’t have a steady romantic partner, up from 33 percent last year. That number is higher among those who don’t have a job -- 54 percent -- compared to 32 percent of employed adults who said they didn’t have a steady partner. This trend could be having an effect on housing too, as more single people could mean more people living along, which means more need for places to live.
What are the factors contributing to this rise in young Americans without a steady romantic partner? Are there economic factors at play, or is it simply a case-by-case personal decision?