Presentation on theme: "Chapter 4 Singlehood, Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Cohabitation"— Presentation transcript:
1 Chapter 4 Singlehood, Hanging Out, Hooking Up, and Cohabitation
2 Chapter Sections 4-1 Singlehood 4-2 Categories of Singles 4-3 Ways of Finding a Partner4-4 Intentional Communities
3 SinglehoodAlthough most Americans will eventually marry, there is a trend toward delaying when one gets married.
4 Singlehood Reasons for remaining single include: Fear of marriage Fear of divorceScarcity of menDiscussion: Why are people afraid of marriage? Why are people afraid of divorce?
5 Reasons to Remain Single Benefits of SinglehoodLimitations of MarriageFreedom to do as one wishesRestricted by spouse or childrenVariety of loversOne sexual partnerSpontaneous lifestyleRoutine, predictable lifestyleClose friends of both sexesPressure to avoid close other-sex friendshipsResponsible for one person onlyResponsible for spouse and childrenSpend money as one wishesExpenditures influenced by needs of spouse and childrenFreedom to move as career dictatesRestrictions on career mobilityAvoid being controlled by spousePotential to be controlled by spouseAvoid emotional and financial stress of divorcePossibility of divorce
6 SinglehoodThe acceptance of singlehood as a lifestyle can be attributed to social movements:Sexual revolutionWomen’s movementGay liberation movementCan you think of ways in which Single people are segregated or discriminated in our society?Discussion: Do you agree that marriage is becoming optional?
7 Categories of Singles Singlehood: the state of being unmarried Includes never-married, divorced, widowed
9 Categories of Singlehood Being married is still the norm.Single women report higher life satisfaction and positive affect than single men.Relationships, career, financial security contribute to a sense of well-being for singles.Discussion: In what ways does society put pressure on us to marry?
10 Categories of Singles Divorced Singles There are 13.7 million divorced females and 9.9 million divorced males in the United States.Married individuals tend to live longer than divorced individuals.Increased suicide riskProtective aspect of marriageDiscussion: What are the protective aspects of marriage?
11 Categories of Singles Widowed Singles There are 11.4 million widowed females and 2.9 million widowed males in the United States.The main problem is loneliness.The widowed report greater support from children and other relatives than do spouses.
12 Ways of Finding a Partner Many single people have partners.Singles find their partners in a variety of ways.
13 Dating Rules In groups, determine today’s “dating rules.” What is an acceptable first date?What is expected/accepted on the first date?How long should a couple wait to become physical?How many partners are too many?What are other areas that you may find interesting?
14 Finding a PartnerHanging out: (getting together) going out in groups where the agenda is to meet others and have funHooking up: sexual encounter that occurs between individuals who have no relationship commitmentMen seem to benefit more than women.Discussion: Why is hooking up becoming more common?
15 Finding a Partner Meeting online: using the Internet to find a partner It is becoming more common and less stigmatized.Men tend to emphasize status and women tend to emphasize youth and beauty.Video chatting: using webcam programs to connect with people throughout the worldDiscussion: What are the advantages and disadvantages of online dating?
16 Finding a PartnerSpeed-dating: brief encounters set up by an organization such as Eight-Minute Dating.High-end Matchmaking: wealthy, busy clients pay for service that researches and interviews potential datesInternational Dating: service provides potential contacts in a different country
17 Intentional Communities Intentional community (commune): a group of people living together on the basis of shared values and world viewShared values include religious values, egalitarianism, and “homegrown” culture.Discussion: What might be the benefits of an intentional community for singles? What might be the disadvantages of intentional communities for singles?