… Amazing Relationship Statistics

Survey of 5,541 single adults, 2012

Relationships: our  modern day culture has undergone dramatic changes from just  one generation ago!

1) Do you want to marry?

  • 40%  uncertain about wanting to marry,
  • 27%  do not want to get married.
  • 34%  want to get married.

67% are uncertain or do not want to marry.

Only one-third of the singles want to get married.

2) Do you want a long term relationship?   

  • 47%  are not looking but will take it if right person comes along
  • 21 % do not want a long term relationship
  • 13%  are seeking a LTR
  • 17%  are in a LTR

68% are not looking or do not want an LTR

3) When do you think sex is OK for the first time?

  • 25% after first, second or third date.
  • 25% when the other person is ready
  • 19% when we agree to an exclusive relationship
  • 13% when we are married

66 % of men and 44 % of women have had sex on a first date.

4)  Religion

  • Only a small minority of men (7%) say  it is really important to marry a person of the same faith.  
  • 13% of women say they “must have” a partner of the same religion.

5)  Cohabitation / Living together

  • 46% of men are quite willing to live together with someone they have dated less than one year.
  • 26% of women are willing to live together after less than one year. 

6) Rejecting age old traditions for personal fulfillment  instead

  • Only 23% men and 26% women said they “must have” a partner …. who can give them marriage and children.

7) Trust and open communication

  • 93% are seeking someone whom they feel they can trust and confide in.

8) Sexual fidelity

  • 62% of men and 80% of women say that sexual fidelity in a relationship is a “must have.”
  • 87% of men and 91% of women but believe there are “no acceptable excuses” for infidelity by a political candidate.

Fidelity is a more important quality for U.S. president than a partner!


Dr. Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist from Rutgers University and one of Match.com’s scientific consultants, … told The Huffington Post that this is the largest study that’s ever been conducted on singles in America”  (source Huffington Post)

Market Tools, Inc. conducted survey for Match.com.  
The nationally representative sample of single adults in the USA not in a committed relationship is largely heterosexual (90.5%) and includes 56.5% who have never married, 30.9% divorced, 10.2% widowed and 2.4% separated.
Singles in America was funded by Match.com and conducted by MarketTools in association with biological anthropologist, Dr. Helen Fisher; sex and relationship therapist, Dr. Laura Berman; evolutionary biologist with The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Dr. Justin R. Garcia; and the Institute for Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) at Binghamton University.