An Interesting Article on Dating in D.C

Because I write quite a bit about dating in D.C, a friend sent me a blog post titled Dating in D.C, Where Everyone is Exceptional, about the D.C dating scene. The article describes D.C singles as highly educated, fit and qualified and asks the question: “So, then why — in a city that has seen an unprecedented influx of such young, successful people with the coolest of stories and the most unique of perspectives — are so many of us D.C.-dwelling online-daters single?”

The writer argues that D.C singles may just have too many good options to choose from. I don’t know if I agree…part of me just thinks that people here just have so much going on (career, fitness, hobbies, cultural activities) that getting married just isn’t front and center the way it is in other cities. Maybe getting married in educated urban areas is nice and even expected, but it’s not necessarily a cornerstone of becoming an adult the way it was in the past and the way it is in other areas of the country? I’m not really sure what the answer is, but it does seem that the more highly educated a population is the less important early marriage becomes.

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5 replies

  1. I don’t live in DC but I see people getting married later after careers are established then having babies in their late 30s and even 40s.. I have a friend that had a baby last year 48 omg shoot me! Jk
    I love your article thought I would throw my 2cents! 😀

  2. I absolutely agree that it’s more likely because these well-educated people are prioritizing other goals before marriage. I think that the more educated a person is they begin to put career goals first – why else would you spend all that time becoming educated?

    Marriage isn’t the capstone of adulthood that it used to be. And I’m really ok with that!

    • Thanks for the comment. Yeah, I think that marriage is starting to be seen more as a bonus, as a very deliberate decision made between two people because it’s what a couple really wants to do rather than because it’s “the thing to do” and marks the official start of adulthood. I’m OK with it too. I feel grateful that I live in a city and time where I can have a very fulfilling, happy life and can feel like a success even if I’m not married!

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