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Rethinking Loneliness: Singledom and the Stigma of Solitude

How the rise of single Americans is reshaping society—and the way we view and experience solitude.

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Marriage rates are at a record low and the number of unpartnered adults is steadily on the rise.

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.

Eating Alone

Stephanie Rosenbloom

We’re eating alone more often than in any previous generation. But why should a meal on our own be uninspired? Why shouldn’t the French saying “life is too short to drink bad wine” still apply?

An Ode to the Single Life

Bella DePaulo

“Living single is a life path that can be just as joyful and fulfilling as any other,” writes Bella DePaulo.

How Being Single Has Been Rebranded

Vicky Spratt

There’s a reason why the most lucrative forms of popular culture continue to ask questions about how men and women should be (or not be) together—it’s because we haven’t got it right yet.