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How many people in the world can live without a partner?!please describe

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hani8425 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM via web

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How many people in the world can live without a partner?!

please describe

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 17, 2010 at 8:10 PM (Answer #2)

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If by partner you mean a husband or wife, than a lot of people can.  Actually, the rate at which people stay unmarried throughout their lives is slowly rising, and people in the US and Europe are waiting longer to get married.  So it is very possible to live without a "partner" for much of a person's life.  It's just that most people don't want to, and the vast majority of humans decide they want to be married in their lifetime.

It's also true that in some countries and societies, it is difficult to survive on one income, especially for women in places like Somalia or Afghanistan.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 25, 2010 at 2:09 PM (Answer #3)

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Obviously there's no real answer to this question.  You're asking for numbers, and this is something which just isn't quantifiable.  If, however, you're wondering what kind of person can live without a partner, there are some qualities which are identifiable.  Obviously independence is necessary, as are strength of will and a kind of self-sufficiency.  If one can be content in any circumstance, one can certainly be partner-less. I guess I'd think of it this way--there are a lot worse things in life than not having a partner.

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted July 25, 2010 at 9:27 PM (Answer #4)

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I agree with both of the above posts, although partner doesn't necessarily mean husband or wife by law. I myself am in a committed relationship of 4 years and have no intention of getting married. However, I definitely don't want to live without my partner! But, if I had to, I could. So do we draw a line between people who choose to live without a partner altogether, and those who may lose a partner and then choose not to take another? I suppose, in either case, confidence and a strong sense of self apply. And as poster #2 pointed out, financial difficulties should be taken into consideration. One would also need financial independence to live without a partner.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted July 28, 2010 at 7:30 AM (Answer #5)

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I think that people can live without a partner in their lives. Some people choose to live a lifestyle like this for many reasons. For example, they may not want an emotional connection with anyone or they may not want any kind of commitment.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 28, 2010 at 7:46 AM (Answer #6)

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I do, and I'm 50 years old. I've never been married or had a "partner" in any sense of the word. It's not that I'm not interested in finding that man with whom I could spend the rest of my life. I've just never actively pursued a relationship. I think I've done very well. I have family and friends, so I'm not lonely. If I didn't have family, I might feel differently.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted October 27, 2010 at 10:51 AM (Answer #7)

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It is possible to live a long and fulfilling life without a "partner." I'm glad we live in a society that is starting to realize marriage is not the objective of life. Treating people kindly, interacting, making positive contributions to society, growing and maturing-these are all important and do not require a "partner" to achieve.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:56 PM (Answer #8)

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Everyone needs some kind of partner, but it does not always have to be a romantic one. People generally do need someone to share their lives with, even if it's only a cat or dog, or a close friend. It's the companionship that matters. We need to share or lives with someone.

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