Why Men From Privileged Homes Are Still Single

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There is a general perception that men from privileged homes find it easier to settle down compared to men from working class/poor homes. This is not true. Most guys from "privileged" backgrounds tend to be within the middle class-upper class bracket. So we aren't talking about the sons of billionaires like Adenuga or sons of Politicians. The guys I am referring to are the sons of top professionals, captains of industry, top civil servants and business people. These guys grew up in posh neighbourhoods and went to the best schools money could buy. Their parents are comfortable but do not have the financial clout that billionaire magnates or politicians have. These guys have seen what exposure and wealth looks like. You would think that they will have a better chance to settle down with the girl of their dreams compared to a guy from a struggling background but that is not true. Most of these guys cannot sustain the lifestyle their parents gave them with their own salary. Even with their connections, they have to hustle on their own. When it comes choosing a partner, their options are limited. They cannot maintain the lifestyle of the girls they grew up with. In fact, securing a place of their own that matches what they grew up with is difficult. Imagine a guy who grew up in Ikoyi now looking for a place of his own in Yaba? Not easy. If their parents could not bestow them a place of their own it is very difficult. There are many guys in their late 30s who still live with their folks. This is not because they want to but it is difficult in this economic times to find quality accommodation. A guy from a privileged home when deciding to get married has to consider the following factors: accommodation, schools, holidays for the family, health care and so on. Yes, every single person has to take that into consideration. However, a guy from struggling background doesn't have any a standard to look up to. As long as he has a job and a place of his own, he is good to go. Issues such as trips abroad, foreign tuition fees, foreign medical fees/private health care, having two cars for the family are not his concern. In contrast, a guy from a privileged home has to consider those things. If he can't afford to provide his family what his parents gave him, he has underachieved if not failed. The country is tough. Everybody is feeling the pain. This article is not about putting anyone down or comparing people's struggles. It's meant to highlight the realities of single men from two different economic backgrounds. In a country where a man has 100% responsibility of taking care of the family, privilege is meaningless if you can't afford to back it up. It's either that or downsizing your lifestyle and becoming a laughing stock among your peers.

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