On Saturday October 10, 2020, I will be giving the keynote address for the online conference, Singles Studies: Global Perspectives. You can read more about it here. If it is not yet Oct 10, you can register here. This is the text of my talk, so you can follow along or just read it when it is convenient.
I was invited to blog at Psych Central in 2011 and I have been writing the “Single at Heart” blog there ever since. I recently learned that Psych Central has been sold to Healthline, and Healthline has decided to kill all the blogs. Sometime after October 2020, everything I’ve written there will be taken offline. That’s about 1,000 posts.
Gender Differences in Living Single, Marrying, Divorcing, Remarrying, Bereavement, and Living Arrangements
Is it a his and hers world when it comes to marrying, living single, living alone, or living apart from a romantic partner? What about initiating divorce or getting married more than once? We now know, sometimes from studies of more than 100 nations, and sometimes from more than a century of data, that there are gender differences in all of these matters.
What’s so great about being single? What does it mean for single people, for families, communities, and society that the number of single people has been growing and growing for decades? Contrary to stereotypes, single life can be deeply fulfilling, and single people contribute to the strength and durability of our interpersonal ties and societies in ways that are finally getting recognized.
My TEDx talk, “What no one ever told you about people who are single,” captures the true spirit of my work on single people, as I have pursued it for more than two decades. It is a joyful, unapologetic, myth-busting, affirming take on single life, based not just on my opinions or experiences, but scientific research.