A 24-yearlong study by the Harvard Medical School suggests that one of the key ingredients to a healthy and happy life is marriage. Or, to break it down into one of marriage’s key domestic elements, living with somebody. The University of Chicago recently did a national survey on sex, and their findings were similar: They concluded that married couples, partners and roomies live a more satisfactory life than those of us who live alone.
So why are so many of us opting for a solitary lifestyle?
According to New York University sociology professor Eric Klinenberg, more and more of us are choosing not to marry and prefer to live by ourselves. In his new book, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, Klinenberg says that in most major American cities, 40 percent of all households are single occupancy. In Manhattan and Washington, D.C., that number goes up to 50 percent.
Internationally, living solo is also the new norm. Single-dwellers in Stockholm account for 60 percent of the population. In Paris, it’s 50 percent.
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