As the number of single U.S. adults continues to grow, the demographic is becoming a key target for marketers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of men and women living alone or in non-family households increased 78.7% since 1970 to 33.6 million households in 2012, or more than one-third of total U.S. households. Single adults are highly likely to use advanced mobile devices.
According to a May 2013 survey from dating websites ChristianMingle and JDate, more than half of surveyed single smartphone users between 21 and 42 years old said they were so dependent on their mobile device that it was “like an addiction.” And about 40% of unmarried men and women in this age range said they got less sleep than they should because they were up late with the device.
Among this demographic, being constantly connected is becoming the norm, and turning off is getting harder and harder to do.
Overall, eMarketer estimates, 69.1% of 18- to 24-year-olds and 72.2% of 25- to 34-year-olds in the U.S.—age groups likely well represented among adult singles—will use a smartphone this year.
Single women showed a somewhat higher addiction to their smartphone than men, according to the online dating sites’ study. Two out of five men said they checked their mobile device first thing in the morning, compared to a greater 48% of women. The youngest adult smartphone-using singles were the most likely to look at their device first thing, with this tendency decreasing among older age brackets.
Texting was a constant activity every day for nearly half of singles, at 47%, 12 percentage points more than those who merely texted several times a day. About three-quarters said they surfed the web throughout the day, and an almost equal percentage of respondents said they emailed and checked social sites at least a few times daily.
Besides their ever-at-hand smartphones, 61% of total U.S. singles also reported owning a tablet, meaning that for marketers, the likelihood of finding this audience on mobile throughout the day—at home, at work and when out—is great.
To learn more about single consumers, check out the AudienceSCAN report available on the Research Store at ad-ology.com.[Source: "Singles Keep Their Smartphones Close at Hand." eMarketer. 18 Sept. 2013. Web. 20 Sept. 2013.]