PSYCHOLOGY TODAY -- Apr 11 -- According to the US Census Bureau 9 in 10 people will marry but one half of first marriages end in divorce. Between 1970 and 1996, the number of women living alone doubled to 14.6 million, and the number nearly tripled for men to 10.3 million. One might guess that there's also a lot of dating going on. Instead, it seems that the older we get, the less we date. In one study, by social psychologist Jerald Bachman, Ph.D., nearly 50% of 18-year-olds were found to go out at least once a week, compared with 25% of 32-year-olds. Singles seeking relationships assess unseen qualities in others based on social price as it is reflected in actions, body language and verbal communication. Those exhibiting self-confident assertions of dating standards are perceived as holding relatively more promise as marriage partners.
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Mark Brooks: Fascinating. Perhaps it's time OPW broke out a section for discussion of the psych world and online personals. Your comments please.