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The US Census bureau estimates that 8.5 percent of the US population or about 26 million people are single and between the ages of 18-24 years that’s nearly 15 million males and 15 million females (retrieved 12 June 2014 SOURCE Tables 1 and 2; and calculation based on Table 57 Statistical Abstracts of the US SOURCE ).
Those numbers should be very similar in 2010 when the Census is collected.
Sixty years ago if you were of marrying age, you’d most likely select someone based on how your parents felt about it; how healthy the person appeared to be; how good/moral their character appeared to be; and how stable their economic resources appeared to be. These are the types of questions and answers we consider when we study dating and mate selection.
Now of those, how many would you be attracted to as a date and how many can you tell just by watching them that you’d probably never date?
We dated, became engaged and married in the same year.
Higher education is a theme that emerged within our life experiences and has spilled over into our children’s’ lives now with 3 in college at this time. In other words, how many single females or males are there in the same classroom?In the United States there are millions of people between the ages of 18-24 (18-24 is considered prime dating and mate selection ages).Does that mean that you could have 15 million potential mates out there somewhere? You see, it would take more time than any mortal has in their life to ever interact with that many people.
Besides dating and mate selection is not about volume it’s about quality and intimacy in the relationship.
Filtering is the process of identifying those we interact with as either being in or out of our pool of people we might consider to be a date or mate. We might include some because they know someone we know or exclude the same people because they are total strangers.