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What are some reasons people live alone?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic4 months ago
It would be useful to see some study results to back some of the claims. Have the numbers of people living alone really skyrocketed?
Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni3 months ago
Darko Savic Agreed! Here are some stats: The number of people living on their own went up by 16% (absolute number 7.7 million) from 1997 to 2017 in the UK. However, the population in the UK increased only by 13%. There is a rise in the number of older people living alone. The number of people from the age group 45- to 64-year-old living on their own increased by 53% from 1997 to 2017. On the other hand, the number of people living alone from the age group 25 to 44 decreased by 16% from 1997 to 2017. It was also noted that more people in this age group are divorced or single than there were 15 years ago.

On average in the UK, people living alone are less happy (score 6.8) compare to the couples without children (score 7.7), less satisfied with their lives (score 6.9 vs 7.9 of the couples without children), and slightly more anxious (score 3.4 vs 2.9 of the couples without children). [1]

In Finland, in 1990, about 12% of the population lived alone. That has risen to 22% in 2018. [2]

Although this is from an old study (2010), the world average of the people living alone increased from 9% to 12% from 1990 to 2010. They have predicted a steep growth over the coming years. [3]

References: 1.https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/families/articles/thecostoflivingalone/2019-04-04#:~:text=Living%20alone%20set%20to%20increase&text=By%202039%2C%20the%20number%20of,rise%20to%2010.7%20million2.&text=While%20the%20number%20of%20people,53%25%20over%20the%20same%20period.
2. http://www.stat.fi/til/perh/2018/02/perh_2018_02_2020-01-31_kat_007_en.html
3. https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/ageing/LivingArrangements.pdf

Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni4 months ago
I think the session attaches a negative shade to living alone. In order to better understand why people live alone, the session should be unbiased. People who are living alone out of their will, will have good reasons. I agree that not all bad relationships are bound to end but the technological advancements and the social security help decrease the fear of loneliness and helplessness that remain after a relationship ends. Abusive and toxic relationships exist and they existed in the past, too. The technological advancements and the social security that we see today do not drive the decision of separation but merely facilitate it.