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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 Partner 4-4 Intentional Communities

3 Singlehood Although 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 divorce Scarcity of men

5 Reasons to Remain Single Benefits of SinglehoodLimitations of Marriage Freedom to do as one wishesRestricted by spouse or children Variety of loversOne sexual partner Spontaneous lifestyleRoutine, predictable lifestyle Close friends of both sexesPressure to avoid close other-sex friendships Responsible for one person onlyResponsible for spouse and children Spend money as one wishesExpenditures influenced by needs of spouse and children Freedom to move as career dictatesRestrictions on career mobility Avoid being controlled by spousePotential to be controlled by spouse Avoid emotional and financial stress of divorce Possibility of divorce

6 Singlehood The acceptance of singlehood as a lifestyle can be attributed to social movements: Sexual revolution Womens movement Gay liberation movement Can you think of ways in which Single people are segregated or discriminated in our society?

7 Categories of Singles Singlehood: the state of being unmarried Includes never-married, divorced, widowed

8 U.S. Adult Population by Relationship Status

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.

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 risk – Protective aspect 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 todays 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 Partner Hanging out: (getting together) going out in groups where the agenda is to meet others and have fun Hooking up: sexual encounter that occurs between individuals who have no relationship commitment – Men seem to benefit more than women.

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 world

16 Finding a Partner Speed-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 dates International 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 view – Shared values include religious values, egalitarianism, and homegrown culture.


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