It’s not uncommon for singles to be insensitive to the lifestyle and needs of others such as married people and families. The same is true of married couples and children in their indifference to the lifestyle and needs of singles.
Being that singles over the age of 18 represent about 44 percent of the adult population in the United States and probably in other countries as well, there is no reason that singles must put the needs of married couples and families ahead of their own. But because this demographic change is relatively new, some adjustments are needed on both sides.
Since singles are the newest majority group within a world society built for married couples, families, and children, singles will need to take a positive lead in this change toward greater equality. This would include serving the unique needs of singles in the areas of housing and master-planned communities, insurance, taxes, food packaging, travel, and more.
To achieve the greatest amount of progress in the shortest amount of time, it is essential that singles approach this intelligently and with class! We must start by respecting the needs of married couples, families, and children by behaving appropriately around them. Then it’s crucial that we “do not” yield to or sacrifice our needs to fit into a couple’s orientated society. This means we assert ourselves tactfully and intelligently to home builders, insurance companies, tax agencies, food producers, and travel industries to create products and policies that serve the needs of singles and equalize the disparities in these areas between singles and married couples, families, and children.
Marriage, family, and children should stay as a cornerstone of our society. But it must be understood that it is no longer the only honorable and contributing lifestyle choice. Singles have a valuable and meaningful place as well.
Many aspects of our society like racial, religious, and sexual tolerance and equality have evolved and greatly improved after many decades of struggle. It’s time for full equality and acceptance of the singles’ lifestyle.