ONE IS THE LONELIEST NUMBER

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If you think you're the only one without a date on Friday night, think again. More than 1 in 10 Americans (12 percent) spend Friday nights all alone, according to American Demographics' analysis of data from New York City-based Simmons Market Research. And while widows and widowers may be four times as likely as the average American to spend Friday night alone, never-married singles actually account for the largest contingent of lonely-hearts club members. Almost one-third (31 percent) of those who ring in the weekend by themselves are single. Sadly, these folks aren't just alone — many are also lonely. Those who say they spend their Friday nights by themselves are 1.5 times more likely than those who spend their Fridays in the company of others to say that they feel “very alone in the world.�

ONLY THE LONELY

Men who spend their Friday nights alone are more than twice as likely as women to pass the time catching up on work. Women, however, are twice as likely as men to have their nose buried in a book.

PERCENT OF AMERICANS WHO DO THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AT HOME ALONE ON FRIDAYS BETWEEN 8 P.M. AND 12 A.M., BY GENDER:

MEN WOMEN
Watch TV or a video 66% 76%
Sleep 53% 64%
Eat 16% 12%
Read a book 9% 18%
Go online 13% 10%
Do housework 5% 9%
Listen to the radio 9% 5%
Work 8% 3%
Go on the computer (not on the Internet) 7% 3%
* Numbers sum to more than 100 percent because multiple answers were allowed.
Source: Simmons Market Research
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