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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone - Eric Klinenberg
Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
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A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom—the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone—that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal changeIn 1950, only 22 percent of American adults were single. Today, more than 50... show more
A revelatory examination of the most significant demographic shift since the Baby Boom—the sharp increase in the number of people who live alone—that offers surprising insights on the benefits of this epochal changeIn 1950, only 22 percent of American adults were single. Today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single, and 31 million—roughly one out of every seven adults—live alone. People who live alone make up 28 percent of all U.S. households, which makes them more common than any other domestic unit, including the nuclear family. In GOING SOLO, renowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg proves that these numbers are more than just a passing trend. They are, in fact, evidence of the biggest demographic shift since the Baby Boom: we are learning to go solo, and crafting new ways of living in the process.Klinenberg explores the dramatic rise of solo living, and examines the seismic impact it’s having on our culture, business, and politics. Though conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, Klinenberg shows that most solo dwellers are deeply engaged in social and civic life. In fact, compared with their married counterparts, they are more likely to eat out and exercise, go to art and music classes, attend public events and lectures, and volunteer. There’s even evidence that people who live alone enjoy better mental health than unmarried people who live with others and have more environmentally sustainable lifestyles than families, since they favor urban apartments over large suburban homes. Drawing on over three hundred in-depth interviews with men and women of all ages and every class, Klinenberg reaches a startling conclusion: in a world of ubiquitous media and hyperconnectivity, this way of life can help us discover ourselves and appreciate the pleasure of good company.With eye-opening statistics, original data, and vivid portraits of people who go solo, Klinenberg upends conventional wisdom to deliver the definitive take on how the rise of living alone is transforming the American experience. GOING SOLO is a powerful and necessary assessment of an unprecedented social change.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594203220 (1594203229)
ASIN: 1594203229
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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A Reading Vocation
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3.0 Book 34/100: Going Solo - The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klineberg
I read this book to see if it might be a good recommendation for a friend who recently ended a relationship and now finds herself living alone. It is an interesting overview of the growing trend of living alone, speculating on what it is in our culture that makes this increasingly more appealing. It...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
3.0 Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone
An interesting book about people who live alone by choice or not and why. They range from the elderly to young people. It was an interesting look at a rising phenomenon and has been on my to-read list for a while. The author can occasionally get repetitive and doesn't do much to dress up the stats a...
Minor Characters
Minor Characters rated it
So it's like this: I'm a member of one of the demographic groups Klinenberg focused on while writing Going Solo. I'm a professional, middle class woman in my late twenties with my own apartment, a circle of close friends who are basically family, and the ability to enjoy my own company. I value m...
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