Klinenberg, a New York University sociologist, has documented the single-by-choice trend in his book and his recent research. According to him, the average age that a woman gets married in America has been pushed back almost 7 years since 1960. Most women were married by the age of 20 back then—today, many aren't married until they're 27. Further, he found that nearly one-third of all U.S. households are comprised of singles, a jump up from a mere 9 per cent in 1950. The facts don't lie, and Klinenberg says we're facing one of the biggest demographic shifts since the baby boom. The rise of single living affects not only marriage rates, but also the economy, the political divide and the very way that we communicate to one another. In his book, and in his talks, Klinenberg explains what these changes mean for society and how we can embrace them—because this trend isn't slowing down any time soon.
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