A landmark Irish sociological study has found better educated women find it more difficult to meet partners.
The academic book Changing Gender Roles and Attitudes to Family Formation in Ireland is quoted in today's Irish Times and highlights how it's leading to greater isolation and lower levels of well-being.
Lead author Margaret Fine Davis says women don't have equal access to one of the most traditional meeting places - the pub.
The research fellow at Trinity says men can comfortably go to a pub on their own but there's a stigma if women do it.
Women in their 30s have a perception that the pool of partners is dwindling while their male counterparts believe there's an "endless supply."
Dr Fine-Davis says women's careers influence their personal lives in a way they don't with men.
A woman knows "a change of relationship status will mean she takes on two jobs - her own and that of housewife whereas this change in status impinges less on men's time."