Why are more than half of American adults single? Fox News host Andrea Tantaros got together with her pals on Outnumbered to ponder this important question.
New numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as reported by Bloomberg) show that — for the first time since they began collecting this information in 1976 — single American adults outnumber married adults. In August, 124.6 million adults (50.2 percent) of adults (or, to be more accurate, people of working age) ages 16 and older were single.
That percentage had been hovering just below 50 percent since about the beginning of 2013 before edging above it in July and August. In 1976, it was 37.4 percent and has been trending upward since.
So, why aren’t more people getting married? The reasons are complicated, but Tantaros has a thought:
“It’s the policies that we’re seeing coming out of Washington that are disincentivizing marriage. Obamacare for example. People are getting divorced because it’s cheaper to stay single and live in sin.”
And — to paraphrase Archie Bunker from “All in the Family” talking to Edith or Meathead — Here’s another thought: “Ptthhhhh!”
Tantaros also went on about how women have other options and how the guys just aren’t “manning up.”
“More women are earning more money — which is awesome. They’re waiting longer to settle down, they have other options besides getting married at 21, 22, or 16 […]. And look… If you talk to a lot of single girls, they’ll say guys don’t want to get married. They’re not manning up. They’re these pajama boys beta males, and I can’t find a real man.”