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Why is everyone else in a relationship?

19th February 2014
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Erm, actually they’re not. Despite what it might feel like if all your friends are coupled up, three quarters of those aged 15-25 in the UK are actually single.

InSites Consulting carried out global survey (3,485 respondents, 13 countries) to find out what’s going on in the relationships and sex lives of the world’s 15 – 25 year olds.

It found that, even though it might feel like everyone in the world is lovingly purchasing flatpack furniture/loudly debuting their newly shiny ring finger/falling in love via intense social media declarations (hey, whatever floats your boat), this is actually not the case.

So, what do stats look like in the international world of singledom?

Even though only a quarter are currently in a relationship, one in three of those surveyed in the UK put getting married and having kids in the top five of their bucket list.

Despite this, the survey also revealed that (quite oddly, we think) 40% have been on a date without having any intention whatsoever of starting a relationship.

It’s better than Germany, Brazil and Italy though, where 60% of commitment phobes admit to not wanting a relationship whilst dating.

Where are we going to find our dates? Well, online of course – where else? 26% of 15-25 year olds in the UK have used online dating sites or apps, and a further 10% plan to do so in the near future.

Joeri Van den Bergh, co-founder and Gen Y expert at InSites Consulting, says the popularity of dating apps such as Tinder has arisen because we’re Millenials who want “to find a match rapidly and with little effort,” and also have an intrinsic need for efficiency because of our “limited attention value.”

Sounds about right to us.

Even though 75% is a fairly high percentage, the UK doesn’t come top of the singles tables – the US, Turkey and India have more 15-25 year olds flying solo than we do. In fact, in India a whopping 90% of those surveyed were single.  

Young people in Russia and Germany, on the other hand, were much more likely to be paired up, with 58% and 62% respectively saying that they’re in relationships.

Still, it might seem like you’re the last single pringle when all your friends are getting together around you.

Why is that? Our conclusion is that those smug, smug couples are just being overly vocal about it.




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