Millennials are “single, not sorry,” and they’re making the choice to live life solo intentionally, according to a new survey from the dating app Tinder.
In a survey of more than 1,000 single people ages 18-25, Tinder found 72 percent of the surveyed young Millennials “have made a conscious decision” to stay single for a period of time.
According to Darcy Sterling, a licensed clinical social worker and Tinder’s “relationship expert,” this trend for Millennials is a “paradigm shift.”
“Historically, people blindly set out to cross off items on their young-adult-to-do list: Go to school. Work hard. Find a partner. Get married. Have children. Encourage your children to do the same. Rinse and repeat,” she wrote in an email to USA TODAY. “Millennials are questioning norms and societal problems.”
The survey, asking about young people’s views on dating and being single, also found that 81 percent of young people see being single as beneficial in ways beyond just their love lives.
Millennials invest more time in careers, social lives and personal time when single, Sterling said. “We don’t want a world where people’s self-worth is contingent on their relationship status.”
As a result, these single Millennials find their time with others more enjoyable. More than half said other young single people were more open to new experiences and that they view themselves as more fun due to their single status, the survey found.
“What’s most telling is that young Millennials are savoring this time in their lives more than any other generation, recognizing how valuable it is for them,” Jenny Campbell, Tinder’s chief marketing officer, wrote in an email to USA TODAY.
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Source: USA Today