People have a tendency to settle for whatever they think they can get. I myself, have been abstinent for quite some time after my divorce. Look how hard relatively normal people struggle to work on and maintain their relationships.
I have never been married and my parents are divorced and not the greatest parents ever. I have not been in a serious relationship since Why is it always that the woman does the deciding? I had a bad relationship with a Dad who was on the home, but emotionally unavailable to his three daughters.
I guess I am a bit picky on the type of partner I desire. Spend it on new friends, if your lucky that one friend who stands to you may share the attraction and from that base you forge a new relationship.
I want a do over! But the classic saying still stands. A growing almost hatred of women and people in general…In America you fit in with the heard or die Reply. And not every potential partner understands the demands of a single parent or a person who is a carer for an aging parent or perhaps disabled sibling or even a disabled spouse. I never see a need to. I am 42 and widowed for almost 4 years by now.