Match.com's latest survey on single people and their attitudes busts some myths about commitment-phobic, baby-hating men. It has also brought out the trolls.
A rep for Match assured me this study isn't your average dating-site online poll — it used a random sample of 5,000 American singletons, gay and straight, not just Match.com members. Many of its findings are contained in a post by Match consultant Dr. Helen Fisher, with the amusing title of "The Forgotten Sex: Men" (crap! I knew I forgot one!). Fisher notes that men and women in the study were equally likely to want to get married — across the board, 33% of each gender did. And at least between the ages of 21 and 34, men were actually a bit more likely to want kids than women were — 51% of guys wanted babies, compared with 46% of women. Also, "in a committed relationship, men are less likely to say they need personal space (58% vs 77% of women); less likely to want nights out with friends (23% vs 35% of women); less eager to own their own bank account (47% vs 66% of women); and less likely to want to take a vacation on their own (8% vs 12%)." None of this should be all that shocking — lots of research and anecdotal evidence has dismissed the notion that guys are emotionless jerks who just want you to fuck them and leave them alone.