SA's singletons: People aged 18 to 34 most likely to be single

SA's singletons: People aged 18 to 34 most likely to be single

A recently-released survey by Stats SA has revealed that more than half of all men and just under half of all women in SA appear to be single. This is especially highlighted among citizens in between the ages of 18 and 34.

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With the release of their 2018 General Household Survey yesterday, Stats SA highlighted a trend in which people seem to have opted out of committed relationships.

In the survey, Stats SA noted that more than half of all men and just under half of all women in Mzansi appear to be single.

The chances of being single escalate substantially when looking at citizens aged between 18 and 34, reports TimesLIVE.

Stats SA says that the high number of single people may lead to 'social and economic consequences' in South Africa.

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The report says that most consider families as their most important social institution, relying on them for 'physical, social and economic' survival:

"Although traditional family structures are changing, they remain very important in countries such as SA, where large proportions of the population are subject to debilitating poverty and unemployment and institutional support is inadequate."

Marriage and living with partners was more common among young women than among men, Briefly.co.za gathered.

This trend was the opposite in older age groups, however; the report did reveal that:

"Marriage and cohabitation were much more common among males (75%) than females (40%) in the age group 60-74 ... By contrast, 80.6% of women in the age group 75 years and older remained single or widowed, compared to 24.4% of males in this age group."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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