Since I’m Jewish and female I’ve spent most of my life on the short list of minorities.?? But now,?? ?? according to a New York Times study, I am, after almost 43 years, part of a majority just because I’m single.?? Yeah for me!?? Now I won’t be the only single parent in the bleachers or at Temple. Now I won’t be the only one without a perpetual date or inherent backup.
And that’s because the Times says:
Married couples, whose numbers have been declining for decades as a proportion of American households, have finally slipped into a minority, according to an analysis of new census figures by The New York Times.
The American Community Survey, released this month by the Census Bureau, found that 49.7 percent, or 55.2 million, of the nation???¬??s 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples ???¬??? with and without children ???¬??? just shy of a majority and down from more than 52 percent five years earlier.
But then it goes on to say:
The numbers by no means suggests marriage is dead or necessarily that a tipping point has been reached. The total number of married couples is higher than ever, and most Americans eventually marry. But marriage has been facing more competition. A growing number of adults are spending more of their lives single or living unmarried with partners, and the potential social and economic implications are profound.
To me, this is aptly contradictory.?? Am I a majority or not??? More people are getting married, but people are staying single longer.??
How does this make me part of the majority, and if I am, where are all the unmarried people, because they are no where around here.?? I’ve checked.
I certainly don’t feel like part of?? the majority, and in my world, perception equals reality.?? ??
Oh, and in my?? world, majority doesn’t rule.