Finding a soulmate is often presented as life's greatest goal: the ultimate ambition that gives meaning to our existence and defines our adult lives. And though this cosy ideal of conjugal cohabitation makes light of the difficulties that many married couples face, the social norm of settling down and raising a family remains embedded in the modern mindset.
Yet although this picture of domestic stability seems ageless, it has of course altered hugely. In an age where gender equality is something that we strive for (though still have a way to go) and family life is often put on hold in the name of a career, is there a chance that this dated social convention will fade completely?
One Belgian researcher is asking this very question as many younger people seem to be bucking the age-old trend of coupling up. The "Singleton Project" explores why people are actively choosing to remain single – a decision that to some might seem to be defying human nature itself.
The past two years have been tough for anyone looking for love: venues and events that would normally provide an opportunity to mingle have been closed and in some countries, meeting anyone outside your domestic circle was banned outright (though that didn't stop various politicians from continuing with extra-marital affairs).
Even in Belgium, where authorities granted us one "knuffelcontact" ("cuddle-buddy" in English), dating became an enormous challenge and often lost its appeal entirely. And when the standard "drink in a bar" was replaced by "go for a wet walk in the park", is it any wonder that singles often chose to stay home?
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