Why have young men fallen out of love with romantic relationships?

Arwa Mahdawi

 A recent Pew Research study has found that 63% of men under 30 describe themselves as single, compared with 34% of women in the same age bracket. Cue a lot of dramatic headlines about, as the Hill put it, the “larger breakdown in the social, romantic and sexual life of the American male”. I imagine the Hill is referring to the heterosexual American male here, but Pew also looked at people who identify as LGB and found 62% of LGB men report being single compared to 37% of LGB women….

Before we delve deeper into the sexual life of the American male, I’d just like to point out that the Pew Research study was actually conducted last summer but they republished the findings in a Valentine’s Day listicle. This caught the attention of someone at the Hill, who wrote an article headlined: “Most young men are single. Most young women are not.” A screenshot of that article then went viral because, well, those numbers don’t really make much sense, do they? Unlike China and India, where men outnumber women by 70 million, there are about the same number of young men as women in the US. Who are all the young women dating? Pete Davidson? West Elm Caleb?

Nobody seems entirely sure what the reason for the giant relationship gap is but the most popular theory is that young women are more likely to be dating older men….


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