FYS 140 Chapter 2
FYS 140 Chapter 2 PSY 124 - 03
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Media and Psychology Chapter 2 Singlehood The acceptance of singlehood as a lifestyle can be attributed to social movements: • Sexual revolution: Intercourse outside marriage • Women’s movement: equality in income, education, employment. • Gay liberation movement: Same Sex Recognition • Although most Americans will eventually marry, there is a trend toward delaying when one gets married. • In 1960 68% were married (20s) • In 2010 26% (20s) Legal Blurring of the Married and Unmarried • Known as deregulation of marriage or the deinstitutionalization of marriage • Privileges previously reserved for the married are made available to unmarried, domestic partnerships, and/or same-sex couples Categories of Singlehood • Men who never marry probably less educated & have lower incomes. • Women lower incomes, drug abuse, children with multiple partners. • Common Factor both Men/Women = Obesity • Single People Less Happy • The key is loneliness Categories of Singles • Men who never marry probably less educated & have lower incomes. • Women lower incomes, drug abuse, children with multiple partners. • Common Factor both Men/Women = Obesity • Single People Less Happy • The key is loneliness Widowed Singles • There are 11.4 million widowed females and 2.9 million widowed males in the United States. • The main problem is loneliness. • The widowed report greater support from children and other relatives than do spouses. Ways of Finding a Partner - Hanging Out and Hooking Up • Hanging out: Going out in groups to meet others and have fun • Hooking up • Having a one-time sexual encounter • No expectations of seeing one another again Ways of Finding a Partner - Meeting Online Pros • Highly efficient • Develops a relationship without visual distraction • Crowded, uncomfortable locations can be avoided • Can disappear quickly Cons • Deceptive • Potential to fall in love too quickly • Cannot assess compatibility through computer screen • Cannot assess nonverbal behaviour Ways of Finding a Partner-Speed Dating • Deceptive • Potential to fall in love too quickly • Cannot assess compatibility through computer screen • Cannot assess nonverbal behaviour Long Distance Dating Relationship (LDDR) • Lovers are separated by distance • Prevents weekly face-to-face contact • Ways to maintain LDDR • Maintain daily contact via text messaging or skype • Enjoy the time when apart • Avoid arguing during phone conversations • Stay monogamous • Be creative Cohabitation • Two unrelated adults involved in an emotional and sexual relationship • Sleep in the same residence at least four nights a week for three months • Types • Here and now • Testers • Engaged • Money savers Pension partners Alimony maintenance Security blanket cohabiters Rebellious cohabiters Marriage never/cohabitants forever Domestic Partnership and Cohabitation Effect • Domestic partnership • Individuals who live together are emotionally and financially interdependent • Cohabitation effect • Multiple cohabitation experiences has negative effect on a subsequent marriage - Lower levels of happiness - Higher levels of divorce Living Apart Together • Long-term committed couple who do not live in the same dwelling • Criteria • Couple must define themselves to be committed • Others must define the partners as a couple • They must live in separate domiciles Advantages of LAT • Provides space and privacy • Helps manage respective careers • Supports variable sleep needs and allergies • Makes time for variable social needs and blended family needs • Keeps the relationship exciting and helps avoid satiation Provides space for self-expression and comfort Helps maintain the desired level of cleanliness or orderliness Helps in elder care and maintaining one’s lifetime residence Allows partners to leave inheritances to children from previous marriages Trends in Singlehood • Singlehood will lose the stigma attached to it • More young adults will choose singlehood • People will find satisfaction in this lifestyle • Percent of cohabitants will increase • Mainstream individuals will cohabit Fewer cohabitation relationships will transition into marriage Summary • Singlehood is the state of being unmarried • Includes the never-married, divorced, and widowed • Ways of finding a partner • Hanging out, hooking up, meeting on the internet, speed dating, and international dating • In a long-distance relationship, lovers are separated by distance, which prevents weekly face-to-face contact Cohabitation is when two unrelated adults are involved in an emotional and sexual relationship Sleep in the same residence at least four nights a week for three months In living apart together relationship, a long-term committed couple does not live in the same dwelling Singlehood will lose its stigma with time
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