Tel Aviv is known to be Israel's sin city. And according to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics, this city has the highest percentage of single men and women within all of Israel. About 80% of Tel Avivian men and about 70% of Tel Avivian women are still single in their late 20's and 30's. And these numbers have drastically increased over the past 40 years. With the pressure off, young people from the Israeli suburbs flock to Tel Aviv, in search of having a good time, and interacting with other young people such as themselves. Though they ultimately still do search for a partner, the city does tend to offer its distractions.
The social and cultural aspects of living in a big metropolitan city definitely promote singlehood and supply the sense of multiple options around the corner. But it appears that age and maturity are factors as well. And through the quest of searching for one's own identity and goals, it becomes more and more difficult to let someone in. Someone to share life with for the long term. Such big questions of love and commitment in the big city trouble many young adults, seeing as figuring out the answers is no longer as simple as it used to be. And so, with the many enticements offered on a daily basis, with adolescence extended into the late 20's, with the struggle to hold on to our individuality and our search for perfection -- singlehood in Tel Aviv in this generation is prolonged.
Sivan Raviv, JN1, Tel Aviv.