55 Percent Of Single People Have Sex On First Date
Third Wheels Are On The Rise
Being single in America has never been easier. According to a new survey from Match.com, more and more singles are meeting online and having sex on the first date, and almost half say they might never want to get married.
The second annual Singles in America survey, conducted by market research firm MarketTools for dating website Match.com, took a look at the dating habits, lifestyles, and sexual activity of over 5,500 single adults in the United States ... and some of the results might surprise you.
For starters, the way singles meet each other today has changed drastically. Gone are the days of formal engagements and arranged marriages, as 21 percent say they met the last person they dated online, the most often cited way of meeting.
Regardless of how they meet, singles say they're having sex earlier in the relationship. 55 percent (66 percent of men and 44 percent of women) say they have had sex on the first date.
58 percent of singles say they have had a one-night stand (65 percent of men and 51 percent of women).
Perhaps more surprising, however, are the rising numbers of people who want to KEEP it at a one-night stand. Nearly 40 percent reported being unsure about marriage, while 27 percent say they're pretty damn sure they don't want to get married at all.
Bella DePaulo, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Santa Barbara, says the study shows more people are becoming comfortable with the idea of finding happiness while single.
"It smashes probably the most pervasive myth about single people is that what they want most is to escape being single," she told USA Today. "These numbers are in the context of a society that still greatly glorifies marriage."
Some other findings from the study:
44 percent have never cheated or been cheated on by a partner. But the 36 percent who have say it was their partner who was unfaithful. 8 percent admit they were the ones who cheated.
60 percent said it was "more unacceptable" if their partner had a series of one-night stands rather than a three-month affair with one person; 40 percent said a three-month affair was worse.