The shift has helped drive singledom to a record high among the overall public, among whom 35 percent say they have no steady partner, but only up slightly from 33 percent in 20.
There are several other trends that go along with the increase in young single Americans.
Caitlin Phillips, a 22-year-old student at the University of Georgia, is open to love if it walked into her life, but she’s not actively looking for it. I travel a lot and I have a great group of friends that I hang out with,” Phillips said in a phone interview, adding that she’s working in addition to studying for a degree in journalism.
Ford Torney, a 26-year-old man in Baltimore, does want a steady partner — he just hasn’t found the right connection yet.
In her early 20s, she dated someone who had recently finished graduate school and was wondering what he was going to do with his life.
“He was very much struggling with his sense of self,” Lane recalls, and as a result their budding connection didn’t turn into something solid.
The Pew analysis found 42 percent of American adults who did not live with a spouse or partner in 2017, up from 39 percent in 2007.