Who counts as single? There is more than one possible answer. Who counts as family if you are single and have no kids? What should we call adults who have no kids? Here are some discussions.
In research on stereotypes of single people, my colleagues and I found that other people believe that single people are lonelier than married people, and that they become even lonelier as they get older. In fact, though, there is no evidence from longitudinal research that getting married makes people less lonely, and there is evidence that getting married makes people more insular.
Here are some of my writings on loneliness. You will not find the usual story lines about loneliness here. There are way too many misconceptions out there and it is time to debunk them.
If you buy a copy of How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century (a new one, not one you already have), I’ll send you a free copy of one of my other books. Shipping is also free if your shipping address is within the continental U.S. If it is not, I’m happy to pay the first $3.22 (what it will cost me to ship to most US addresses) if you will pay the rest.
After years of interviewing and researching and writing and rewriting, my new book has finally arrived! As of August 25, 2015, How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century has officially been published and should be available, as they say, everywhere books are sold.
My publisher is offering a bundle consisting of (1) How We Live Now; (2) a book club discussion guide for How We Live Now; and (3) the original hardcover edition of Singled Out. Details are here.
[Bella’s intro: Just weeks before my next book, How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, was about to launch, I received a review of my first non-academic book, Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, from Joe Walker, someone I don’t know but now greatly admire! I guess you could call that a biased opinion. Singled Out was first published in hardcover in 2006. Now, nine years later, here is the review I always wished someone would write. Joe Walker sent it to me in the form of a letter. I asked if I could publish it here and he agreed. Thanks, Joe!]