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How we live now

I Am Happy Because I Am Single

“You radiate this internal happiness and joy for life… Where do you think your happiness comes from?” I never met the person who asked me that question, but she had watched my TEDx talk, “What no one ever told you about people who are single,” and that was one of her questions.



Marriage

Singlism, Like Racism, Keeps You Explaining

When I first started studying single people, one thing that was immediately obvious was how relentlessly they were stereotyped. Eventually, my colleagues and I would conduct scientific tests of the stereotypes I thought were out there. It was no surprise when our results showed that single people were seen as miserable, lonely, self-centered, immature, and so much more. Those stereotypes, like many others, have mostly been debunked.



How we live now

What Needs to Change Now that So Many People Live Alone

In the past half-century or so, solo living has become a demographic juggernaut. According to a United Nations report, around the world, 1-person households are now just as common as households comprised of just a couple, with no kids. And across Europe and North America, there are more households consisting of just one person than of couples and their children.



Marriage

She Offended Me, So Why Was I the One Who Felt Badly about Saying So?

When I see examples of what I call singlism – the stereotyping, stigmatizing, and marginalizing of single people, and the discrimination against them – I like to point them out in my blog posts. Consciousness-raising is especially important when it comes to singlism. In contrast to more familiar isms such as racism and sexism, singlism is less often recognized. And sometimes, when instances are described, other people deny that they count as examples of prejudice, or they dismiss them as inconsequential. (In fact, some are deadly serious.)