When it comes to relationships and happiness, new research shows that living alone can result in long lasting, healthy relationships.
Living alone is no longer an arrangement reserved solely for cat ladies, spinsters or eccentric bachelors. For singletons that can afford it, solo living is a luxury. “It allows us to do what we want, when we want, on our own terms,” writes Eric Klinenberg, renowned sociologist and author of the new book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. With more than 31 million currently living alone in the United States, Klinenberg discusses how single people everywhere are embracing their independent living situations in a “remarkable social experiment” that is defining modern culture.
Klinenberg notes that when he uses the term “single” he is referring to individuals who are not married. Many people who are in long term committed relationships are also choosing to maintain their separate living arrangements because they feel it benefits their relationship and personal development.
More freedom also means more quality time.
“It sounds like everyone is just becoming more selfish and isolated!” is a common statement from critics of this growing trend. However as Klinenberg writes, according to his research it’s actually people who live alone that are more likely to volunteer in civic organizations, exercise regularly and interact with their friends and neighbors. Many people enjoy living alone because it provides them with the freedom to explore personal interests and activities outside of their romantic relationships.
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