Does that mean that you could have 15 million potential mates out there somewhere? You see, it would take more time than any mortal has in their life to ever interact with that many people.
Besides dating and mate selection is not about volume it’s about quality and intimacy in the relationship.
I often ask my students how they met and when they tell their stories I help them to identify the geography that was involved in the process.
Sociological aspects of dating
My wife now has her Bachelors’ degree and is shopping for her Masters.
Higher education is a theme that emerged within our life experiences and has spilled over into our children’s’ lives now with 3 in college at this time.
In other words, how many single females or males are there in the same classroom?
In the United States there are millions of people between the ages of 18-24 (18-24 is considered prime dating and mate selection ages).
We dated, became engaged and married in the same year.
We worked together for 7 years to put me through my Associates, Bachelors’, Masters, Doctorate, then Post-doctoral fellowship.
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.
" To some degree they do, but typically they don’t form committed long-term relationships together. Over time, after commitments are made, couples often develop more homogamy.