The searching game
More and more educated and ambitious women are finding themselves unable to find the mate that they want at the time they’re searching.
The kind of men they are searching for, ready to commit and to start a family, and with similar levels of education and ambition, are not available in the same numbers as are needed.
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Young men across large parts of the world are holding back from relationships and starting families because of unemployment and low wages. This is especially true in places where high dowry payments are expected.
Even places like Greece, Spain, and France are experiencing age-related fertility problems because young people can't afford the trappings of adulthood.
The situation of singledom is increasing in women globally.
Across the globe, women are increasingly experiencing waithood, a term that refers to delaying decisions, like finishing an education and embarking on a career before getting married.
The term was coined in 2008 and relates to both genders. At its root, it is economic.
The alternative is either for a paradigm shift or waithood where people put the next stage of their lives on hold because they are unable to find a partner or are held back financially.
In the Middle Age, Christians did not need to marry inside of the church: whenever they came to the consent over the union, they could get married anywhere.
The difficult part was proving that the marriage had taken place though.
Many people genuinely enjoy being single and the concept of remaining single for the rest of their lives makes many people uncomfortable.
Our culture is submerged with the notion of long-term romantic relationships and marriage is an antiquated way of defining a long-term committed relationship. However, happiness can also be found even when we are by ourselves.
Instead of prioritizing one person by default, we can decide for ourselves who or what really matters to us, and live accordingly.
Becoming a skilled professional used to be a matter of learning what the professionals did, how and why they did it, and some general facts that somewhat described our societies and ourselves.
Nowadays, the traditional approach is no longer valid. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover.
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