New York, Feb 7: Since everyone navigates singledom differently, a dating website in the US has helped shed more light on what the single life entails.
Match.com's 3rd annual "Singles In America" survey, conducted in association with biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher and Kinsey Institute, evolutionary biologist Dr. Justin R. Garcia, polled 5,000 single men and women and over 1,000 married individuals about sex and relationships.
The participants, who were not drawn from Match.com's member pool but instead represent a national representative sample, answered over 200 questions each.
This year's findings indicate that, as already suspected, the ideas of a widespread "hookup culture" among young Americans and the death of marriage have been blown out of proportion, the Huffington Post reported.
"Despite all we hear about hooking up and divorce, we now have significant data that shows American singles (including men) are earnestly seeking respect, trust, transparency and commitment in a relationship," Dr. Fisher said.
According to the findings, "friends with benefits" are more common than ever
47 percent of singles (40 percent of women and 53 percent of men) have had a friends with benefits relationship in the past. These arrangements are actually turning into relationships -- 44 percent of 2012 respondents entered a long-term relationship with their FWB partner, compared to 20 percent of 2011 respondents.
As a result more women are waiting to have sex for this reason.
Seemingly at odds with the "friends with benefits" data comes the news that more women are insisting on commitment before intimacy with a new partner. 37 percent of women want to wait until they are in an exclusive relationship before having sex with a new partner-compared with 31 percent of single women in 2011 and 25 percent in 2010.
The report also showed that more americans are meeting dates online.
The popularity of online dating shows no sign of waning. According to the report, nearly 1/3 of singles (27.5 percent) reported dating someone they met online. And 20 percent of singles met their most recent first date online, compared to 7 percent who met at a bar.
Most people are also putting a partner's satisfaction first, as 97 percent of singles say it's more important to satisfy their partners sexually than be satisfied themselves.
Despite consequences, sexting also remains common, as 57 percent of single men and 45 percent of single women have received a sext; 23 percent have shared a received sext with others.
With the advent of technology, single women now demand digital transparency in relationships. 77 percent of women, and 53 percent of men would not date someone who was secretive about their text messages.
Also, be careful what you put online, because it can affect your chances of dating success.
49 percent of women and 27 percent of men would cancel a first date because of something they found while researching online.
Another thing is that single people are optimistic about marriage. Far from viewing marriage as a burden or the end of freedom, 9 out of 10 single Americans are optimistic about marriage. (ANI)