On Wednesday, Eric Klinenberg, author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, came to speak about his new book and the trend of single living sweeping America. Future Cat Lady, Claire Friedman, was in attendance.
Going to a lecture about a book entitled Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, I expected to emerge full of vaguely depressing life tips (how to zip up a dress by yourself, how many cats is too many cats, etc.). I was pleasantly surprised, however, when the lecture took a more sociological turn and focused on living alone as a rising social trend instead of an upsetting reality. The author, Eric Klinenberg, spoke about today’s unique social situation that has more people “going solo” than ever before.
According to Klinenberg, one out of seven Americans lives alone. In cities, the numbers are much higher, reaching almost 50% in major metropolitan areas. For anyone who’s ever felt like they’re the only one of their friends who’s not part of a couple, this statistic might seem strange. After all, doesn’t the “American Dream” include a spouse, 2.5 children, and a white picket fence? Klinenberg debunked this myth within the first five minutes of his lecture, saying that America’s “dream” of the nuclear family is simply a remnant from a different time. In today’s more urban America, more and more people are choosing to live alone.