I have no time to write really but I have one thought about Single life today and it is that in the 18th century young Englishmen men longed to get married and set up household. There was just as much premarital sex then as now, only naturally less among women, which is to say, women who were not prostitutes of one class or another. However, aspiring middle-class men longed to quit (or avoid) all that and just earn enough money to buy a house and get married on. "Domestic felicity" was what they dreamed of, and such domestic felicity made them feel they had grown up and arrived.
So what happened? Feel free to answer in the combox even though moderation will be on until I get back from Polish class. There has been combox weirdness of late, and so the drawbridge is up for the time being.