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A new study from Match.com, who recently bought OkCupid, proves they're interested in understanding the jumbled brains of singletons. Their new study, which may be the largest poll of single people to date, didn't turn up empty-handed.
The survey says men between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-four, and above fifty, want to be married more than women of corresponding age groups. It also says that men are "more likely than women to be open to dating people of a different race or religion, more prone to falling in love at first sight, more eager to combine bank accounts sooner and more likely to want children." Before we get our gender-neutral underwear in a twist, it seems that this revolution doesn't extend too far — when the study examined the above-twenty-four and below-fifty set, unsurprisingly, women wanted to be married more than men did.
Not everyone is on board with Match.com's study though. Mark Regnerus, a sociologist from the University of Texas at Austin, sites a 2002 survey that says the complete opposite: "When asked if they would like to be married, more single women ages twenty-one to twenty-four said yes than men. 'Maybe this is a brave new world, but I'd be surprised if things had changed that fast,' says Regnerus."
And then we have Time's article: "Debunking the Myth of the Slippery Bachelor?" which tells us men may or may not want to get married. Also, Carrie Bradshaw is seemingly writing for Time now:
"As Valentine's Day approaches and married people take a moment to express their boundless and eternal love for their spouse by buying chocolates made in faraway China a romantically long time ago, they tend to take pity on single folk. They imagine a vast tribe of female lonely hearts roaming an emotional Sahara, confounded by mirages that look like marriage-minded men."
Pardon me, I'm off to roam in my own emotional Sahara.