Why Conscious Dating?

There are more single people today than ever in history — 101 million in the U.S., 46% of the adult population (37.5 million/28% in 1970)

  • Over 25% of households are single occupant households (17% in 1970)
  • 53% of households are married couples (70% in 1970
  • The marriage rate is decreasing, and is at its lowest in 30 years
  • The divorce rate has remained stable since 1988
  • While the exact divorce rate is a matter of debate, experts agree that somewhere between 40 and 60% of all marriages will end in divorce, and that for every marriage there is about one divorce
  • Co-habitation is increasing, with a higher failure rate than marriage
  • Single, separated, divorced or widowed people have higher rates of mental health disorders, depression, and suicide
  • The percentage of young adults who say that having a good marriage is extremely important to them is increasing (94% in one study)
  • The majority of first-born children are now conceived by, or born to, unmarried parents
  • Half of all children will spend some time in a single parent family
  • 43% of first marriages end within 15 years
  • 39% of remarriages end within 10 years
  • More than 85% of all adults marry at least once

A summary of a 1999 study by David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead of the National Marriage Project of Rutgers University on “The State Of Our Unions: The Social Health Of Marriage in America” states:

"Key social indicators suggest a substantial weakening of the institution of marriage. Americans have become less likely to marry. When they do marry their marriages are less happy. And married couples face a high likelihood of divorce. Over the past four decades, marriage has declined as the first living together experience for couples and as a status of parenthood. Unmarried cohabitation and unwed births have grown enormously, and so has the percentage of children who grow up in fragile families."


U.S. Census Bureau
National Marriage Project
American Association For Single People