HOUSTON, TX - "I do" is so old school. A new study shows more young people today are saying "I'll wait". Gallup, the team that keeps tabs on just about anything and everyone, has tracked relationships among Americans 18 to 29-year-old, in the last few years. Their numbers show more young adults are "choosing" to stay single, longer. Dr. Viviana Coles, from Houston Relationship Therapy says, "I think one of the main reasons why singletons are staying single longer, is because they see more options on the internet. You're no longer staying with the people in your neighborhood. You get to see there are lots and lots of fish in the sea and you actually get to reach out to them now."
The study found that while the number of couples "living together" in a committed relationship has stayed pretty consistent over the years, marriages in young Americans are down. Gallup says the number of singles, who've never been married rose 12 points from 52% in 2004 to 64% last year. One possible theory to why twentysomethings are saying "no" to tying the knot, many are now looking elsewhere for the "F" word. Fulfillment folks, get your minds out of the gutter.
Dr. Coles says, "I think people are finding, that you don't need to be in a relationship in order to find fulfillment. A lot of people are finding it in their jobs, in their family, in social relationships, in hobbies and in other interests. So, according to Gallop, instead of marching down the aisle, many are opting to just march to the beat of their own drum.