Why do more and more people choose loneliness as a lifestyle? Does privacy free from obligations? How do individuals change society? What does loneliness mean today and why it is not shameful to live alone? Another 50 years ago, the choice of living alone was associated with something marginal and unnatural.
Everyone receives an admonition that living alone is not only strange and condemned, but also dangerous. Indeed, some 100 years ago the impossibility to get married was considered a real grief, and tens of thousands of years before the punishment in the form of expulsion from the community was often perceived as a measure much more terrible than the death penalty.
Today, many people consciously renounce marriage, live and even travel alone. For example, in 1950 only 22% of Americans lived alone, today more than 50% of US citizens choose such solo life. How can you explain the rapid abolition of the arch of traditions and rules previously revered throughout the world?
Transformation of modern society contributed to at least four reasons: the emancipation of women, social networks, the change of urban spaces and increased life expectancy. Indeed, for the first time in history, modern realities are such that each individual is a full-fledged cog in the economy.
Thanks to this a huge number of proposals for bachelors appeared in the housing market. Women's emancipation makes it possible to make a decision to get married and to have children without threat to their future, and an increase in life expectancy leads to the fact that one of the spouses inevitably lives longer the second one and is not always ready to relate his life to a new person.
Thus, loneliness today acquires a completely different meaning, rather than 50 or 60 years ago. Now the right to live alone is a deeply personal and absolutely adequate solution, and millions of people of the planet resort to it.
However, despite the fact that physically living in solitude has become accessible, there are still a lot of stereotypes around singles. We should understand that today the life of single people does not mean complete isolation. Thanks to the Internet and the opportunity to work at home, singles are immersed in an active social life.
Moreover, studies show that most single people have a more saturated life than their married acquaintances. This is due to the fact that a new way of life is a choice in favor of healthy selfishness, that is, time destined for oneself.
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