Just what life will offer single individuals is up to them. They can follow any or all roads today and any or all life-styles. From the quiet, dull rural life one can enter the hustle-bustle of the big city. Living alone or in a singles building, joining a singles club or finding your own dates are simple choices in this day and age. There is now, away from the small communes, something for everyone.
The category of persons frequently lumped together under the title "singles" is much more heterogeneous than most groupings we make. If we mean by "single" anyone who does not happen at a particular time to have a legal mate--is not married--then we must include in this group those who have never married, those who are divorced or separated, and those who are widowed. The only factor all these people have in common is that at the time in question they are not married.
Because of the tremendous pressure to marry in our society, few researchers seriously consider the single life style as a viable alternative in its own right. Indeed, until recently, few Americans seriously considered remaining single as a viable life- long life style; for most people, being single was the result of failure to marry, failure at marriage, or the accidents of fate that determine widowhood. Because marriage is
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Publication information: Book title: Marriage, the Family, and Personal Fulfillment. Contributors: David A. Schulz - Author, Stanley F. Rodgers - Author. Publisher: Prentice-Hall. Place of publication: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Publication year: 1975. Page number: 329.