In 2012, author Eric Klinenberg released his book entitled “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.” In preparing this work, Klinenberg tapped into an array of studies, resources and his own research to come up with two ideas. First, human beings are social creatures. And second, these social creatures, more and more, are opting to be single.
According to Klinenberg’s research, unlike the middle of the 20th century, during which more people were getting married, these days, more than 50% of American adults opt to remain single.
Additionally, 31 million Americans (one out of every seven adults) live alone. Furthermore, he notes, people living alone make up 28% of all US household. In his words, it “means that they are now tied with childless couples as the most prominent residential type – more common than the nuclear family, the multigenerational family, and the roommate or group home.”
A few other interesting facts he brings into the discussion are that
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