Relationship Design 1 – Common’ish Styles

When we are talking about relationship design, there are some simple but NOT easy (very much so) steps to take and the first one is breaking with the belief that there is only one way to conduct relationships or, perhaps even worse, that there is only one “right” form of relationship.

Let’s geek out a little on numbers (and a ton of that is crazy guessing):

Let’s look at the world population and assume 70% of these people are above 16 (which in most places of the world is the age where a romantic / sexual relationship is not a crime). Then we take that number and split it in half because we are considering that at least 2 people are in a relationship. I actually went with 45% because I know there are a lot of relationships out there that have more than 2 people involved. These are the possible relationships. Now let’s assume only 30% of those are realised and the rest never happened or won’t ever happen. That gives us the following list.

Year World Population 70% above 16 45% relationship 30% in relationships
2018 7,632,819,325 5342973528 2,137,189,411 641156823
2017 7,550,262,101 5285183471 2,114,073,388 634222016
2016 7,466,964,280 5226874996 2,090,749,998 627225000
2015 7,383,008,820 5168106174 2,067,242,470 620172741
2010 6,958,169,159 4870718411 1,948,287,365 584486209
2005 6,542,159,383 4579511568 1,831,804,627 549541388
2000 6,145,006,989 4301504892 1,720,601,957 516180587
1995 5,751,474,416 4026032091 1,610,412,836 483123851
1990 5,330,943,460 3731660422 1,492,664,169 447799251
1985 4,873,781,796 3411647257 1,364,658,903 409397671
1980 4,458,411,534 3120888074 1,248,355,230 374506569
1975 4,079,087,198 2855361039 1,142,144,415 342643325
1970 3,700,577,650 2590404355 1,036,161,742 310848523
1965 3,339,592,688 2337714882 935,085,953 280525786
1960 3,033,212,527 2123248769 849,299,508 254789852
1955 2,772,242,535 1940569775 776,227,910 232868373

Now, finding reliable statistics on relationship longevity is nearly impossible especially for high population countries like China and India. And even in the US and Europe most of the data is extrapolated from small samplings or educated guess work. Maybe in some of the studies there might have also been tea leaves and chicken entrails involved…

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