So you’re 30, 40 maybe 50 and not “with” someone…what is wrong with you? Maybe nothing!

Watch any chick flick and you’ll be told that being single is just where you are in life, while searching for that perfect someone.   But in 2017, not everyone has that mindset. In fact, in the U.S. fewer people are getting married, and young people are putting off marriage more than ever before. According to the latest Census, barely half of adults in the U.S. say they are living with a spouse. It’s the lowest percentage on record, and down from 70% in 1967.

So why are people staying single? It could be that our modern society has reduced the negative stigma associated with being single.

Possibly it’s because in our social media/app driven society, finding a new person to spend time with is exponentially easier than it was 20 years ago, so committing to one person isn’t as important.

Perhaps it’s because staying married is HARD, and statistics say that over ½ of all marriages will ultimately fail, so why bother.

Or maybe it’s because people are putting their own happiness first. Sure, getting married and having 2.5 kids is what made your parents “happy”. Your mom and/or dad worked 40 hours a week so they could afford a house in the burbs, plus buy little Johnny a new baseball bat & Suzie a new dress.

But maybe what get’s you out of bed in the morning is working 70 hours a week so you can pay for your Tesla that’s parked at your downtown apartment. Maybe instead of baseball bats & dresses, you are into fine wine and slick suites. Or maybe you simply enjoy what you do for a living. Does that make you a bad person? Not in-and-of itself….it’s your life & your style.

If you aren’t sure if staying single is for you, you could always drive to the suburbs and ask a couple of married 40 something’s if they want to life swap.

There is an App for that

If that level of personal interaction seems too old fashioned…yes there is an app that lets you experience someone else’s situation. 20 Day Stranger is an app that reveals intimate, shared connections between two anonymous individuals. It’s a mobile experience that exchanges one person’s experience of the world with another’s, while preserving anonymity on both sides.

For 20 days, you and a stranger will experience the world in your own way, together. You’ll never know who it is or exactly where they are, but “supposedly” it will reveal enough about someone to build your imagination of their life.

It’s your decision

Ultimately you are the person who has to decide what makes you happy. Is it your relationship status? Is it your career success? Is it something else?

Regardless, you make the best decisions when you are relaxed and confident. A great way to get yourself in the right frame of mind is to experience 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley.


Their goal is to make you feel fantastic after just one appointment. A visit to o18|8 salon is the perfect way to prepare for an important job interview, get ready for a date or a fun night on the town. They can also help you look your best before attending a wedding (yours or someone else’s). Their services include:

  • Handcrafted Haircuts
  • An undeniably classic straight shave.
  • Rejuvenating Facial Treatments
  • Soothing, Hair-Loss Preventing Scalp Treatments
  • Waxing Services For Face & Body
  • Hair Coloring, Beard Dying & Grey Blending
  • Hand & Nail Treatments


Your grooming is just as important as any other style decision and thanks to the team at 18|8 Oakley, you can always feel confident that you have made the right choice.


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