I'll try to be coherent but I'm just writing as I think so this may be less than structured. I noticed something relatively strange, there is but a limited place in today's societies for singles. Most activities seem a little awkward without a partner. Theater, cinema, restaurants, etc. Some may argue that it's only awkward if you make it but try brunching alone. It's the weirdest thing. The second thing I noticed is in relation to the first, but there seems to be people who are in relations just for the sake of not being single. I have a roommate that's like that and a few friends. As if being with someone even tough you know it's not going to work out, you're unhappy with is better than no relation at all. We all know "relationship-hoppers" that just can't stay single. I was thinking about this and my current hypothesis is our society proceeds to a certain form of conditioning. The image of happiness, of conformity that is projected on us is of a couple, a family, etc. The older singles are often portrayed in a less than favorable way. Now, thinking back, this isn't new at all. The norms used to be dictated by the church and still are in some places. But in an age of secularism and little faith it is strange to notice that being single is still perceived in a generally negative way. The big difference with some years back seems to be that the binary division between "single" and "married" has perhaps shifted to "single" and "not single". There seems to be motion but I very much doubt single will ever be perceived as a good thing. The "there must be something wrong with him" line of thoughts seems to be very much present. Perhaps not that much with younger folks, but definitely still there. I know I'm mainly stating things that seem obvious but I thought it could make for a nice thread. Thoughts? Get bless, try to be a success Please her, please him, buy gifts.