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Once upon a time in America, marriage was the norm for adults.
But now, for the first time since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking these numbers in 1976, there are more single Americans than people who are married. About 50.2 percent — or 124.6 million American adults — are single. Singles have taken over — despite the rise of online dating.
It's a social change that was ignored for years, he argues.
“Up until the 1950s, you can’t find a single society in the history of our species that sustained a large number of people living alone for long periods of time,” he says.
In May 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned Dixon’s conviction, stating that he should’ve been prosecuted on the lesser charge of misdemeanor statutory rape, which carries a maximum sentence of one year.
“They have a chance for solitude, and kind of a productive solitude.
We live in this moment of incredible hyper-connection and we’re always engaged with social life through social media.
Take, for example, the widely publicized case of Marcus Dwayne Dixon, an 18-year-old high school honor student and star football player who had sex with a 15-year-old female classmate.
She claimed it was rape, he claimed it was consensual, and a jury acquitted him of the charges.