In the 1950s, less than a quarter of American adults were single. Today - that number is up to about half.
But when we say “single” - we mean not part of a couple. A different - and slightly antique-sounding term - “singleton” means people who live by themselves. That number is up to some 31 million Americans.
Eric Klinenberg’s new book Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone explores the phenomenon that has taken root across the country - but has special attraction in cities like New York.
We’ll talk about why more people are choosing to live by themselves - and what that means for the way we all live, work and play.
Are you happy living alone? Or is it not all that it’s cracked up to be?
This episode originally aired on March 8, 2012.