New York Magazine

“a splendid desert—a domed and steepled solitude, where the stranger is lonely in the midst of a million of his race.”

Serendipitous encounters between people who know each other well, sort of well, and not at all. People of every type, and with every type of agenda, trying to meet up with others who share that same agenda. An environment that’s alive at all hours, populated by all types, and is, most of the time, pretty safe. What he was saying, really, was that New York had become the Web. Or perhaps more, even: that New York was the Web before the Web was the Web, characterized by the same free-flowing interaction, 24/7 rhythms, subgroups, and demimondes.

(Singledom?)

Demographics discussions are usually focussed on baby boomers. Here’s a new trend emerging worldwide:

…singlehood is rising in prevalence worldwide…

…the number of singles in the U.S. rose from 38 million in 1970 to 90 million today. Only 16% are looking for a partner.

In Europe, the trend is tied to rising costs of living. As young adults choose to live with parents or in shared households longer, they delay marriage and family.

Japan has the highest number of singles than any other industrialized nation. In addition to the prevalence of adults staying at their parents’ homes well into their twenties and thirties, Japanese women continue to choose higher education and employment over traditional roles.

In China, the rise in the number of singles coincides with the growth of middle class. As the country gains economic importance on the global stage, many younger people are choosing to remain single to reap the rewards of disposable income.

Across the globe, younger generations are increasingly focusing on individual pursuits: travel, education and career.

What does this mean for the economy? I don’t know. But if I were single I would definitely spend MORE money.

I think that more single people means more money being spent on frivolous things and experiences.

John Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN )
for 6am While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA ) was perking,
he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG )
He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA ),
designer jeans (MADE IN SINGAPORE )
and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA )
After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA )
he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO ) to see how much he could spend today.
After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN )
to the radio (MADE IN INDIA )
he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY )
filled it with GAS (from SAUDI ARABIA )
and continued his search for a good paying AMERICAN JOB.
At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day checking his Computer (Made In MALAYSIA),
Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL )
poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE )
and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA ),
and then wondered why he can’t find a good paying job in AMERICA

Inflation levels in Zimbabwe are running at 13.2 billion per cent a month and could reach an all-time world record within weeks.
The latest figures put the country’s annual rate at 516 quintillion per cent – 516 followed by 18 zeros – overtaking Yugoslavia in 1994 and putting it behind only Hungary in 1946.

Zimbabwean prices are currently doubling every 1.3 days.

Scary stuff.