(Sure, some young women date up, so to speak, but it's not the norm.) In fact, in that age group, nearly every city in the U. " He well understands that numbers can be dry and may benefit from some creative framing, but, he says, there's a fine line "between things being fun and things being truthful." The self-described "data head" has a rather quirky explanation for the popular perception of a man drought—one that has nothing to do with demographics."I'm of the personal opinion that men just don't leave the house," he says.The 31-year-old Brooklynite says he laughed out loud when he read Florida's piece—and set to work creating his own map.It showed that while census figures indeed indicate that New York City has 148,609 more single women than single men between the ages of 18 and 64, when you limit the data to 20- to 34-year-old singles, there are 113,692 more men than women in New York. Related: That's the data Soma wishes people would pay attention to, although he adds, "Far be it from me to judge someone else's publicity stunt!"I've told all my single girlfriends not to move out here if they want a husband."Funny, because there are relationship experts who suggest doing just that.Clinical psychologist Wendy Walsh, Ph D, author of The 30-Day Love Detox, advises single straight women that they have the best shot of finding a partner in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, and Dallas.
"San Francisco's an awesome city, it's beautiful, but if this is what we're left with…." She gestured to the room and shook her head.
One man even carried a laptop bag over his shoulder—this was the land of aspirational Mark Zuckerbergs, after all.
"If nothing happens tonight," said the 34-year-old, "I'm gonna sell my shit and move to Jersey." Ironically, the focus of the event was women who already lived on the East Coast.
But it wasn't long before another publication warned of a spinster epidemic: In 2007, Time Out New York featured a cover modeled after the poster for the 1950s sci-fi flick Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.
In perhaps the most revealing representation ever of our cultural attitudes toward unhitched chicks, a giant bombshell towers over skyscrapers and Matchbox-size cars, wielding a smartphone in her well-manicured hand. (The article, by the way, surveyed Manhattan's unattached ladies and discovered that women "were remarkably okay with being single.") The following year, urban theorist and University of Toronto management professor Richard Florida opined in The Boston Globe that when it comes to choosing where to live, "having an enticing 'mating market' matters as much as or more than a vibrant labor market." He advised that the East Coast and Midwest were "by far, the best places for single men"—in other words, there was a plenitude of single women to pick from.
This was Diane's last-ditch effort to meet a man in San Francisco.