Dating a more educated woman

About 20 percent of Americans over the age of 25 have never been married, compared with 9 percent a half-century ago, according to the Pew Research Center.

Still, women say education isn't as important for would-be husbands as some other traits, such as having similar ideas about raising children and a steady job, Pew found.

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"College-educated women who are unwilling to date noncollege-educated guys are giving college-educated men too much leverage in the dating market."Eventually, Birger predicted, Americans will become more accepting of "mixed-collar" marriages, a trend he already sees in the black community, where black college-educated women are more comfortable marrying men without college degrees. Each woman without children and who has a high school education actually has more than 2.5 men to pick from, the researchers found.

Black women are facing a dearth of marriageable black men because of the "very high rates of incarceration and early death among black men compared to white men," the paper noted.

Some might say that I’m one of those women who put off men with my achievements, of which I’m really proud: I’ve published books on the theory of consciousness and the future of the brain.

I’ve authored some 200 research papers on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and novel mechanisms underlying brain function.

Not all, but many men are only comfortable when they can have the last word.

These alpha types might seek to avoid partners who compete with them intellectually, looking instead for someone to bolster their ego, rather than destroy it.I believe it's inevitable that we'll have an increase in mixed-collar marriages, where college-educated women marry men who are not college-educated."Online dating exacerbates the problem, said Birger, because people can check off if they want to see only profiles of potential dates with the same education level that they have.That's increasing "assortative mating" -- when people seek out partners who are similar to them -- at the same time that the dating market is more imbalanced as college-educated women now outnumber their male counterparts, he added."Based on my conversations with single female friends, a lot of men take advantage of the lopsided gender ratios," Birger said.Overall, men are not only earning less than they used to, but they're failing to enroll in colleges at the same rate as their female counterparts.The result is that there are only 85 men for every 100 women who are 25 to 35 years old and who are college educated. The report may back up what single women with college degrees have been sensing for years: The pickings are slim.This is a big reversal from the 30 year trend between 19, when it was the men who were marrying down, educationally speaking.

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