Still, for any single person, it can be a pain going it alone in a society that historically favors the married. And comfortable in solitude or not, anyone can struggle with feelings of loneliness from time to time—feelings no doubt exacerbated during the pandemic.
Read on to explore and examine how singlehood has been defined throughout history and pop culture, as well as how demographic factors, office culture, and tax codes can contribute to disparate experiences of single people. Plus, the importance of life choice representation, and the power and pleasure of eating, traveling, and thriving solo.
Singles can face mistaken stereotypes and value judgments that they are less happy, or lonelier. For many, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.
BONUS READ: What To Say To Relatives Prying Into Your Love Life Over The Holidays—Or Anytime via Bustle.
In reality, it’s the idea of marrying for love that’s untraditional.
The coronavirus could change lingering cultural assumptions about what makes for a full and happy life.
BONUS READ: The Rise of the Childfree Movement on TikTok via Mashable.
Billy Baker on loneliness and finding connection.
Social and legal benefits that favor the married disadvantage the single. Why should your love life be used against you?
It’s a movement made for the moment.
BONUS READ: The Best Solo Board Games via Polygon.
Solitude is a practice that prepares one for social and political life. To be with others, first learn to be alone.
Demanding bosses, impossible workloads, 24/7 email—no wonder many employees feel they have no time outside work to find love.
BONUS READ: Single Workers Aren’t There to Pick up the Slack for Their Married Bosses and Colleagues via Quartz.
A study shows some women downplay their ambitions to find a partner.
The stereotype has been with us since the Middle Ages. But where did it come from? And why has it stuck around?
BONUS READ: ‘Spinster’ and ‘Bachelor’ Were, Until 2005, Official Terms for Single People via Smithsonian Magazine.
Almost a third of adult single men live with a parent.
BONUS READ: I Was a “Male Spinster” via Salon.
The word ‘spinster’ is still freighted with pity and misogyny, yet the number of women living this way is growing. It’s time to reconsider what it means to be ‘never-married’.
BONUS READ: The Women Who Are Involuntary Celibates via The Guardian.
Investigating the disparities and pinpointing how we can do better to support all solo parents.
The world is rigged for Black women’s loneliness and isolation. Here’s how to decolonize love.
You never see your friends at home alone in their pajamas, watching The X Factor, and feeling sorry for themselves.
I fully acknowledge the pandemic has been an unhappy experience for plenty of single people. Here’s why the “single at heart” community feels differently.
BONUS READ: Singles and Couples Are More Divided Than Ever via The Atlantic.
“Loneliness is difficult to confess; difficult too to categorize. Like depression, a state with which it often intersects, it can run deep in the fabric of a person.”
BONUS READ: May Sarton’s Stunning 1938 Ode to Solitude via The Marginalian.
If two’s company and three’s a crowd, maybe now one is the magic number in the kitchen.