First comes first: One pretty good reason you might be single is obvious and totally valid: You want to be! But more than 49 million Americans have tried looking for love through online dating, according to a 2017 Statistic Brain report. And perhaps more notable, more than half of the participants in a 2017 Zoosk survey admitted wanting to discuss marriage after six months of dating.
In other words, there are plenty of fish in the sea, and many of them are hoping for long-term love. But it's not just as easy as going on a bunch of dates with people you met online. If you’re wishing for a romantic partner, but your only “date nights” involve you and Netflix, some reflection, hard work and behavior changes can go far. The following factors could help explain why you’ve been single longer than you’d like and set you on the path toward coupledom.