When yet another wedding invitation shows up in the mail, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one who is single.
When you’re the only one at poker night who doesn’t have to check in with his wife to let her know you’re headed home, it’s easy to feel like everyone else is married.
And when you tell friends that you’d love to be introduced to their single friends, only to be faced with blank stares and sympathetic smiles, it’s no wonder you’re ready to believe there are truly no other single people to meet in your town.
But despite how it sometimes feels, CNN reports that you are definitely not the only “singleton” (does anyone else hate that word?) around. In fact, more than 40% of Americans over the age of 18 are single. That adds up to 96 million people.
And if you’re a single parent who thinks that puts you in a different category, you should know that there are some 11 million single parents living with their children, just like you.
Of course, not being married doesn’t necessarily equate to availability. The statistics reported by CNN showed that there were more than 6 million households where single people were unmarried but living together–so I guess that means at least 12 million single people aren’t up for grabs.
Still, that leaves a whole lot of people just like you…single. And many of them are sure to be thinking the same thing. Where are all the single people?
Now that you know they’re out there, make some plans for the weekend–plans that don’t include your married friends.