Princess Bride priest

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.

Commentarium (13 Comments)

Feb 04 11 - 3:28pm
Dave Manno

While I disagree with the results of this unscientific survey, the writing here was exceptional. Indeed the last sentence was pure bliss.

Feb 04 11 - 5:17pm
meowich

Young men (with accounts on Match.com/OkCupid) want to get married more than corresponding females. Not sure I agree for those who do not have accounts on Match.com .... Just saying.

Feb 04 11 - 5:59pm
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How exactly does the photo accompanying this article relate to said article?

Feb 04 11 - 6:03pm
WithAnInotAnE

Duh, chastity.

Feb 04 11 - 6:20pm
JonDS

Social networking sites have done some great things, but they've also dumped a load of ridiculously half-assed social science on us.
Two questions:
Do Match.com users provide a representative sample?
Do the young men being surveyed think that the girls on Match will be able to see they're answers? If so, they're gonna play up their 'long walks on the beach' side, and not mention the amount of time they spend watching porn. Right? Can you expect an honest answer from a 21 year old hoping to get laid?
C'mon.

Feb 04 11 - 6:37pm
WithAnInotAnE

@ JonDS, good point. I was thinking the same thing but couldn't articulate it as well as you did.

Feb 04 11 - 7:00pm
JonDS

Thanks AnInotAnE.
And another thing...I think we need to be as skeptical of "studies" by social networking sites as we are of findings by other major corporations. Research by Match.com showing that young men just want to settle down is about as disinterested and unbiased as a study by Coca Cola finding that people are incredibly thirsty.

Feb 04 11 - 11:00pm
Tim

The pic was from Princess Bride. Awesome movie.

Feb 04 11 - 11:12pm
S

The minority gender's starting to get a little desperate, it seems.

Feb 05 11 - 1:27am
AM

Its not chastity, the picture is from the Princess Bride when Humperdink "marries" Buttercup. "Mawage is what bwings us together..."

Feb 06 11 - 11:25pm
:)

I was always a free-spirited little lady until I turned 25....now I can feel the baby urges and imagine a pretty diamond ring on my finger at least 4 times a week. Yuck.

Jun 02 11 - 1:02pm
Ian

"Cites," not "sites."

Jun 05 11 - 12:01am
LR

Women are crazy about sex but then, they get punished for it, even if they date men of a different race or religion or look at porn. But then there's more men than women in the world and women have a broader selection of men to choose from while men don't have enough women because women get stolen a lot quicker than men.