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s include new views on marriage, high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and b
etter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
The growth of one-person households could have numerous consequences for society, ran
ging from housing and health care to the fertility rate and consumption patterns, say experts.
In the US, one major reason for staying single is that marriage isn’t view
ed as it once was, and the age at which one gets married is also rising, the Census report shows.
More than half of the participants in a nationally representative sample (55 percent) sai
d that getting married was not an important criterion for becoming an adult, according to the Census report. The sa
me percentage also said that having a child was not an important milestone of adulthood.
“Decades ago, people often waited (or tried to wait) until marrying before having kids, h
aving sex, or buying a home,” Bella DePaulo, a social scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, t
old China Daily in an email. “Now those possibilities are readily available outside of marriage.”