THE grand plan for Rockhampton's Amy Cribb was to be hitched by 22 and have a family by 25.
But because she has been "on the market" for the past four years she has become used to flying solo.
And, she's not looking to hurry into a serious relationship anytime soon.
The Morning Bulletin spoke to Amy about the single life after an RSVP Date of the Nation report showed single men were twice as likely as single women to worry about rejection. Her independence has become so ingrained in her; Amy said she didn't feel pressured about finding love.
"I won't pursue a guy if we don't have anything in common ... I'll try to ask him about what sort of values he has and if he seems too crazy, I want go there," she said.
"You should always get to know someone first rather than try to make a random hook-up work."
Amy is based in Brisbane but returns to Rockhampton often to visit her parents.
The last boyfriend she had was four years ago, when she was still in high school.
Even that wasn't a serious relationship, she said.
Amy isn't a huge club-goer or night-out sort of person and said she preferred meeting a guy through friends.
The RSVP report showed 36% of single Australian men said "the fear of rejection" was the number one challenge when trying to find a serious relationship, compared to 18% of single women. Women rated "limited opportunities" to meet singles and "a lack of eligible singles in the appropriate age bracket" ahead of "the fear of rejection".
Relationship expert John Aiken said the dating process for men could be daunting as they viewed it as an opportunity for possible failure.
"Women are more pragmatic," he said.
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