For one, it’s not as if we are holding out for Jake Gyllenhaal, but we do have certain non-negotiable expectations for potential mates that include college degrees and white-collar jobs. Life has always gone according to our plans, so why wouldn’t we land a man with these (reasonable) requirements?
The US Census Bureau estimates there is 41,548,000 people in aged 25-34 and over in the United States non-institutionalized population, of which 13,731,000 (~33%) have at least a Bachelor’s degree. (Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011 - Detailed Tables: Table 3)
Using Table 2 from the same release we can also see that there is 29,971,000 men 25 and older with at least a Bachelor’s degree. Using Table 3 again, we can estimate that about 20.6% are aged 25-34, giving us a nation-wide total of 6,174,000 non-institutionalized men aged 25-34 with an education consisting of a Bachelors degree or higher of which approximately 5,939,500 (96.2) are either employed or not a part of the labor force, presumably because they do not need to work (Table A-4. Employment status of the civilian population 25 years and over by educational attainment), 98% of which, or 5,820,600, hold what can be considered “white collar” occupations.
According to a 2003 study, American Sexual Behavior: Trends, Socio-Demographic Differences, and Risk Behavior, it is estimated that men who identify as homosexual or bisexual make up only about 5% of the male population, meaning that assuming no correlation between sexual orientation and age-group or education level, there should be approximately 5,529,570 males meeting the criteria of the author. According to the 2000 Census Marital Status Brief 53% of the male population aged 25-34 is either unmarried or living separately from their spouse. We’ll assume 5% of those observations match-up with the previously cited 5% figure for homosexual and bisexual men (as-of 2000 there was no same-sex marriage), ignoring the incidence of marriages of convenience due to lack of data. That brings the eligible candidate population to approximately 2,654,193 men, or roughly 19% of the college educated male population...[e]liminating married but separated men would reduce the overall count of eligible partners by 5% and eliminating divorcees as well would reduce it by an additional 3%. There is no widely-available estimate of what percentage of the population is otherwise unavailable due to non-marital attachment such as dating.
For example, assuming uniform geographical distribution and the earlier cited 2.654m eligible mate population, a given area would yield approximately 8,428 potential mates per million in total population, meaning that a city the size of New York would feature ~69,500 potential mates; Los Angeles 32,026; San Diego 11,175; Boston 5,267; Atlanta 2,085; and Knoxville 1,525.
So, next time you feel like you’ve met or dated everybody that meets your criteria in your extended social circle, remember that—depending on your selectivity—you probably have.The above article from an increasingly pinkified Forbes magazine is chockablock full of attempts to exculpate their hamsters and locate the problem at any place other than the wailers themselves. But, as one can plainly see, again we see the problem is choice. The choice to pass over opportunities for perfectly good but-not-quite-Jake-Gyllenhall men when they were at the peak of their SMP value to promiscuously pursue the education and career unicorns that the feminist narrative says today's women should in order to have a happy and fulfilled life. The choice to delay marriage and family until one is rapidly approaching the Wall, when a majority of the men who meet Millenial women's stringent mate requirements have already paired off. The choice to both attend college and pursue high-powered employment; choices that, taken as an aggregate across an entire society, push men out of educational and occupational opportunities and depress the number of males who qualify as hypergamic mates. In other words, choices, deliberate or simply following the herd, to choose education, work, and the Carousel until the ticking of the biological clock cannot longer be ignored. By making these choices, they disqualify their male peers as marriage partners for them and their sisters--by denying these men the opportunities to become higher status than they. They also disqualify themselves, by inflating their n counts beyond 1 and consequently making themselves far less able to sustain a life-long pair-bond.