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New Essence survey looks at single black women

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Why are so many black women single? A recent study by Essence examines this popular question and provides amazing insight into this ongoing topic that has everyone from Oprah to Steve Harvey weighing in.

In an exclusive survey, over 1,500 unattached black women from around the nation were questioned about single life as a black female.

When asked why they are single, 64 percent said they had not met a man worthy of all they had to offer, 16 percent said they are focusing on their career or seeing the world, 15 percent said they had been hurt before and didn’t want to take the risk, and 5 percent said they are simply not interested in being in a relationship.

The women said that the most pressure to settle down is received from society (72 percent) and family (64 percent).

Although recent data shows between 60 and 70 percent of black women are single, the survey members still remained hopeful.

Forty-eight percent said they are optimistic they will get married one day.



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