30% of those over 55 have been married before and never want to be again

30% of those over 55 have been married before and never want to be again

As Americans grow older, the more content they are to remain single

Bachelorette season is once again upon us, which means roughly a dozen weeks of themed memes and the inevitable social media drama-storm. The end-goal of the reality competition is an engagement between the bachelorette and one of her suitors, a conclusion which often ends up sparking many heated internet debates surrounding topics like marriage and “true love.”

While The Bachelorette might tout marriage as the penultimate symbol of success, a new YouGov survey shows that over a third of US adults between the ages of 34 and 54 have never been married (34%). While this group of individuals is well past the average marrying age of Americans, 31% are happy to remain single. Millennials are less likely to be interested in staying single (24%), but 45% of those 55+ view being romantically unattached as positive.

In fact, of single adults age 55+, 30% have been married before and never want to be again, and 29% said they still had not found the right person. Finding Mr. or Mrs. Right might be a bit more elusive than reality dating shows would have us believe.

Of married individuals who participated in the survey (47% of respondents), 73% got married because they loved their significant other, but only 48% entered into marriage because they felt they had found their life’s partner. While the majority of married respondents may not have gotten hitched with longevity in mind, only 8% of all survey takers were currently divorced.  

Full survey results available here