Binghamton University to host Science Cabaret program on being single in America

2011-02-28

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Institute for Evolutionary Studies at Binghamton University will host a “Science Cabaret” featuring SUNY fellow and adjunct lecturer, Justin Garcia, in a presentation titled  “Single in America: New Views on Relationships.”  The cabaret, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 1, in the Violet Room at the Lost Dog Café, in Binghamton.

Garcia, who serves as scientific advisor to the online dating site, Match.com, will discuss the results of recent study of singles that he co-facilitated.

The study was conducted by Match.com in collaboration with the Institute for Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) at Binghamton University and headed-up by researchers Helen Fisher, Stephanie Coontz, and Garcia.  Titled “The Single in America Study,” it is the largest and most comprehensive study of single men and women ever conducted.  Although there are 105 million singles in the United States, representing one-third of the US population, these women and men have gone largely unstudied – even as their attitudes and behaviors are shaping America’s cultural norms and challenging traditional notions.

Based on this groundbreaking study, a new picture of single Americans emerges, that is radically different than it was 50 years ago when the median age of first marriage for women was 20 and only 10% of women ages 25-29 were not married.  The single today is defying gender and age stereotypes, adopting new dating habits, and changing the very definition of relationships.

Garcia’s primary research focuses on the evolutionary and biological foundations of human love, intimacy, and sexual behavior.  He is currently co-editing Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press), and co-authoring a book with Dr. Peter Gray on evolution and human sexuality (Harvard University Press).

This will be Garcia's second "Science Cabaret" appearance.

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