When faced with an oversupply of women, guys are more likely to delay marriage and play the field. And as reported by numerous publications, dating is out with young people and hookup culture is in.No need to wine and dine a potential mate when you can just swipe right.
According to author Jon Birger, you’re not imagining things.
To all the young, college-educated women out there who feel like Donald Trump will probably become president before they find a decent, eligible man, take comfort.
The Bay Area, for example, attracts programmers, computer scientists and engineers — fields that are disproportionately male.
The average gender ratio among US undergrads is now 57 percent women to 43 percent men. “Facebook did a study a few years ago on how couples met, and it turned out that 25 percent met their significant others in college or grad school,” Birger says.
Slaving away in p.r., education, nursing, event planning or other female-dominant fields? “Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld reports that 10 percent of Americans meet their future spouses at work,” Birger says.
Some careers to consider: mechanical engineering (93 percent male), computer network administration (83 percent) and financial advising (74 percent).
Today that same woman, now 40, if still unmarried, faces a market in which nearly two-thirds of those formerly single men are hitched, and there are just 33 eligible men for every 50 women — 52 percent more women than men.
“None of this would matter if we were open-minded about who we dated,” Birger says.
Based on his research, here are eight reasons why women can’t find a man — and strategies for increasing their odds. “Because women have been graduating from college in 30-plus percent greater numbers than men for years, there are now four women for every three men nationally in the marriage-age, college-educated dating market,” Birger says.
The island is great for, say, watching a cheesy musical or spending 0 on a bottle of vodka. In Manhattan, the numbers are even more dire, with 38 percent more young female college grads than male.
With the gender imbalance on college campuses, men are having a field day, and they may see no need to end their winning streak by settling down.