I looked at one such venue (match.com), as well as printed “personals” in various publications and numerous self-help or “relationship books” seeking to enlighten their readers about the best ways to find a compatible partner or mate.As a sociologist, I was most interested in the connections between the individual needs and aspirations these advertisements reflect and the social-cultural influences likely to have shaped them.
The US Census bureau estimates that 8.5 percent of the US population or about 26 million people are single and between the ages of 18-24 years that’s nearly 15 million males and 15 million females (retrieved 12 June 2014 SOURCE Tables 1 and 2; and calculation based on Table 57 Statistical Abstracts of the US SOURCE ).
Those numbers should be very similar in 2010 when the Census is collected.
In the year 2030, their numbers will more than double resulting in one in every five Americans being over 65. And in May 2011, the first wave (those born in 1946) of the Baby Boomers start turning 65, the last wave in 2030.
In other parts of the world, 16-18 percent are already 65 , and by the year 2025, Japan is expected to have twice as many old persons as children.
It also gives a very one-sided explanation view of a larger group, which does not sufficiently allow for contention.