Wednesday, June 18, 2008


British Women Shunning Marriage
LONDON (UPI) -- Britain's Office of National Statistics says a growing number of women are choosing to stay single rather than share their lives with others.

The latest figures compiled by the office indicate that 8 percent of British women between the ages of 25 and 44 are living alone, The Telegraph reported Monday.

Based on current figures, forecasters predict that single-occupancy homes will account for 70 percent of British households by 2026.

Social scientists say they are not surprised that the number of single women, dubbed "freemales," has doubled in Britain over the last 20 years.

They cite declining marriage rates and an increasing number of divorces for the country's burgeoning single population.

Paula Hall, a relationship psychotherapist, says many women have become cynical about long-term relationships.

"There is also less of an economic need for women to be in relationships than there used to be," says Hall.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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