According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, about half of unmarried women report that they are not dating anyone with any serious intent. Why are so many available ladies completely unattached? Could it be that they just don’t see the appeal of having a partner? Or conversely, maybe they are holding out for an unrealistic Prince Charming.
Goo Rankings decided to look into the issue and asked the single ladies what they would ideally want a boyfriend to do for them, if they had one. The surprising answers after the break:
The answer most commonly given was, “He wouldn’t have to do anything in particular, just be there for me when I’m lonely.” On nights alone in our rooms or days off without any particular plans, we’ve all felt a sudden loneliness, so that’s hardly surprising.
The second most popular answer was, “When I’m tired or sad, I would want him to just take me in his arms without saying a word.” OK, now they’re asking for a little bit of mind reading, but still, if all you need is someone’s comforting presence, that’s not too high a demand.
Number three is “I would want him to take me to lots of nice places.” This one seems pretty normal too. With beautiful and romantic seasonal events like cherry blossom viewing in the spring and firework festivals in the summer always packed with couples, what single doesn’t wish for a partner on their arm?
From here on, the list gets a little more needy. Here are numbers four through ten:
4. I would want him to quietly and attentively listen to my complaints about daily life.
5. I would want him to take care of me when I get sick.
6. I would want him to sneak up behind me and suddenly give me a hug.
7. I would want him to play with my hair.
8. I would want him to cover me with a blanket when I fall asleep.
9. When we’re out and about, I would want him to hold my hand and walk close to me.
10. I would want him to arrange surprises for me.
Hmm, to each their own, I suppose, but if the number one thing you want from a partner is a blanket and some tissues when you get sick, you might want hire a nurse instead.
What do you think, readers? Does this list seem about right to you or like a case of bad expectations?