We're trading in hundreds of qualities."University of Manitoba social psychology professor Marian Morry says gender inequality on campuses leads to more casual relationships, and more people seeking out longer-term friendships."A lot of people are really embracing being single and they enjoy being single and we are certainly staying single to a much older age than we have in the past," said Morry.
"Society's attitudes have changed."Regardless of your gender or orientation, both Morry and Adshade said being rigid on your preferences for those "hundreds of qualities" isn't a good strategy.
"It's really tough to find someone you connect with."One of the worst cities for educated single women looking to date an opposite-sex partner? But Adshade said the city of Calgary has better demographics."There's an active trade of trying to match Vancouver women with Calgary men," she said, adding heading to a small town or a rural area can also level the playing field a bit."It gets much worse in cities than it does in rural areas because there's more university educated people in cities," said Adshade.
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"I wouldn't make a very detailed list because you will get down to zero, but the reality is, we're very fluid in who we actually end up dating," said Morry.
This is a trend Adshade said is playing out in cities across Canada, and it has been for the last 30 years."The jobs for people who are university educated are in cities, so a lot of women are living in cities a lot more than … Statistics on the size of the LGBT community are limited, but Adshade said because LGBT Canadians are a statistically smaller proportion of the population, they're drawing from a smaller dating pool as well.
When Anna Oliviera moved to Winnipeg from Brazil 16 months ago, and though she is now dating someone, she didn't expect it to be so hard to meet people."It's different to date someone here. It's more difficult to start a relationship here," said the 21-year-old civil engineering student.