It’s a Pandemic and These Single People Have Been Doing Fine

It’s a Pandemic and These Single People Have Been Doing Fine

Heard that all single people have been crushed by the pandemic? Don’t believe it.

It seems like every major publication has featured some article pitying those single people whose lives have been ruined during the pandemic. I’m not unsympathetic – some single people really have been having a hard time, and their stories deserve to be told.

What I object to, vociferously, is the implication that their stories represent the only ways that single people experience the pandemic. In December 2020, I started inviting single people to share their pandemic experiences with me. Dozens have done so. I wrote about them in three articles, described below. I thank them again for sharing their stories.

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One of My Blogs Is Ending; Here Are the Others that Are Continuing

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.

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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.

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The Benefits of Being Single – for Single People and for Society

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.

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