Op-Ed Essays and Other Articles

New York Times

Get married, get healthy? Maybe not.

May 25, 2017



Single People Aren’t to Blame for the Loneliness Epidemic

August 28, 2018


If the nuclear family has failed, what comes next? (interview)

February 13, 2020


Washington Post

Everything you think you know about single people is wrong

February 8, 2016



Thankful to be alone: If I had surrendered to society’s expectations, I’d have a life I never wanted.

November 21, 2018



Why we thought marriage made us healthier, and why we were wrong

October 11, 2017

COVID singles are supposedly lonely and miserable. But some of us are thriving instead.

March 13, 2021


Washington Post

I’ve been single all my life. I rarely get lonely.

February 19, 2016


New York Magazine

6 New Things Researchers Learned about Single People in 2017

December 28, 2017


Washington Post

If you aren’t in a relationship, who is ‘your person’?

April 4, 2018


Washington Post

Think single people are selfish? The research proves otherwise

May 25, 2018


Washington Post

New careers, big trips, caring for family: What singles get to do because they are single

January 11, 2019



There’s never been a better time to be single

January 5, 2018


Washington Post

“I’m better off single. You might be, too.”

September 24, 2015


Washington Post

Fleeing the wildfires in California, I was relieved to go it alone

December 27, 2017


Washington Post

Why is there shame around being a ‘relationship virgin’? I’d be proud to be one.

October 30, 2017


Washington Post

What do singles need more than a mate? Community.

May 18, 2016


Washington Post

What has changed for single Americans in the past decade?

September 20, 2016


Washington Post

“When raising kids, how much does a spouse matter?”

October 9, 2015


Washington Post

Meet the woman who created a Craigslist for single moms

November 9, 2015


Washington Post

I’m not going to marry myself. But I understand the appeal.

September 14, 2017


Washington Post

Singles have fewer benefits than married couples — but are slowly gaining more

March 16, 2016


Washington Post

More Americans are dining and traveling alone. Here’s why.

December 8, 2015


Washington Post

The joy of traveling alone (Q & A with Stephanie Rosenbloom about “Alone Time”)

August 8, 2018


Council on Contemporary Families

Fact sheet: Unmarried and Single Americans Week, 2017

September 12, 2017


The Conversation

More people than ever before are single — and that’s a good thing

April 23, 2017



Is there a script for your life if you choose to be single?

January 16, 2019



Single workers aren’t there to pick up the slack for their married bosses and colleagues

(named one of the best “Ideas” articles in 2017)

May 25, 2017


No, I’m not married. Why do you ask?

With Joan DelFattore

September 22, 2017


New York Times, “A new American experiment,” February 13, 2012

New York Times, “Sex and the Single Voter,” June 18, 2004

The Guardian, “Discrimination against single parents has vast implications for their children,” March 13, 2015

Time magazine, Forum on the stigmatizing of women who do not have kids, April 11, 2015

Quartz, “America is no longer a nation of nuclear families,” June 30, 2015

Truthout, “Do You, Married Person, Take These Unearned Privileges, For Better or For Better?”, January 14, 2015 (with Rachel Buddeberg)

Newsday, “Living Single, Seeing Double,” November 21, 2004

San Francisco Chronicle, “Single Americans Are Hardly Flying Solo,” January 14, 2007 (with Kay Trimberger)

Chronicle of Higher Education, “Make Room for Singles in Teaching and Research,” September 28, 2007 (with Rachel F. Moran and Kay Trimberger)

Forbes, “Yes, there is a single demographic,” December 22, 2008


[Also see these Op-ed essays and other articles on how we live now.]