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.
Here are some overviews of the strengths and contributions of single people, in all different forms so you can find the one you prefer. Below are articles, blog posts, lists, books, podcasts, a chapter in an academic book, and a TEDx talk.
This collection is an unapologetic, unabashed celebration of single people and single life. I’m not saying that everyone should be single, but for those who are single at heart, being single isn’t a default option and it is not something we’re just stuck with. It is our best life. We benefit and others do, too. And we are tired of the deficit narrative of single life. It is not just inaccurate, it is harmful.
OVERVIEWS of the Benefits of Being Single, and Not Just for Single People
More people than ever before are single – and that’s a good thing (from “The Conversation”)
Alone: The Badass Psychology of People Who Like Being Alone (book: collection of blog posts and articles)
The Best of Single Life (book: collection of blog posts and articles)
The Science of Single Living (“Solo” podcast with Peter McGraw)
Single Really Suits Me (“A Single Serving” podcast with Shani Silver)
Even More Reasons to Celebrate
Fighting Back: When Others Try to Cast Single People as Second Best
Single People Aren’t to Blame for the Loneliness Epidemic (the Atlantic)