Have you ever been in the process of filling out a form only to arrive at the question about marital status. "Why are they asking?" might be your first reaction—particularly if you are unmarried. Never mind the separate issue about why they are asking if you are "single" versus " divorced ." Unless such a distinction is relevant to the reason you are filling out the application in the first place, many people don't think past failed relationships should be anybody else's business. But perhaps the most immediate question, is why the defensiveness in the first place? After all, as I note in a previous column , many single women are blissfully happy. But not everyone. Singles stigma is significant because they compromise a large portion of society. Source: Image by StockSnap from Pixabay The Rise of Singleness Alexandra N. Fisher and John K. Sakaluk (2020)[i] note that within the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many Scandinavian countries, there are more singles than couples (married or common-law). They view this as a trend attributable to the fact that people tend to date longer, marry later in life, divorce more frequently, and often value career over relationships. Accordingly, there are scores of activities designed specifically for singles, recognizing… Read full this story
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