‘Counting On’: Jana Duggar Claims She’s ‘Less Strict’ About Who She’ll Date Now
As Jana Duggar approaches her 31st birthday in January, fans are eager to see her settle down. For years it seemed like Jana wasn’t bothered by her single status. Something seems to have changed. It certainly seems to be getting to her now. In a recent sneak peek, Jana admits that as she gets older, she has become less strict about the qualities her perfect man must possess. Could a courtship be in the future or is Jana just getting desperate?
Jana Duggar admits that she has lifted her location restrictions
Jana once suggested that she hadn’t gotten married because the perfect guy had not yet presented himself. As it turns out, Jana might have been accidentally avoiding her ideal match with a strict location requirement. The Duggar family’s eldest daughter is changing things up now, though.
In an exclusive sneak peek obtained by People, Jana admitted she was willing to waive some of her relationship requirements if the right man comes along. Jana is now ready to consider moving if the right man comes along. She also previously stated she was only interested in the outdoorsy type and was most interested in a man who worked with his hands. There is no word on if she is going to waive those requirements, too.
Only one of Jana’s siblings has left the state
While Jana’s previous geographical requirements might seem a bit strict, they aren’t all that outrageous. In fact, only one of the Duggar girls has married a man who wasn’t born in their home state. That same Duggar is the only one who has moved out of Arkansas.
The first Duggar girl to get married was Jill Duggar. Jill married Derick Dillard in 2014. They met while he was on a mission trip in Nepal, but he was born and raised in Arkansas. Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald, who was also raised in Arkansas, the same year. They settled down in a home owned by Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
A couple of years later, Jinger Duggar broke tradition by hooking up with Jeremy Vuolo. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jeremy was living in Laredo, Texas, during their courtship. Jinger moved to join him after their wedding, and they later moved to Los Angeles together. Joy-Anna Duggar followed protocol by settling down with a man from Arkansas. She and her husband, Austin Forsyth, grew up in the same social circles.
Is Jana getting desperate to settle down?
Family followers have wanted to see Jana find a love interest for years, but her recent comments on the matter have caused even more concern. Based on what Jana recently said about dating, it seems as though she’s gotten a bit desperate to find her mate. Some followers are concerned that the 30-year-old is being pressured by her family and friends to get married.
Jana is, by no means, old. In fact, in most parts of the United States, her singledom is perfectly normal. According to Insider, the average age for a first marriage varies from state to state, but most people seem to get married for the first time when they are between 25 and 30. While Arkansas tends to have younger brides, there are several states where women are around 30 the first time they walk down the aisle. That isn’t the case in Jana’s social circle, though.
The Duggars are members of the Institute of Basic Life Principles, a controversial Christian ministry that strongly encourages young marriages and large families. Because Jana’s friends mostly come from the same background, she may feel pressure to catch up to her peers. If that’s the case, fans are concerned she’ll find herself in a relationship that isn’t the perfect fit.