Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

I recently listened to the audiobook “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone” by Eric Klinenberg. I did this while working at a temporary job scanning in documents for a Geotech firm over the summer and had the ability to go through my 11 page Wish List I have on San Antonio Public Library’s website. For anyone who doesn’t know you can go through the thousands of eBooks and audiobooks in the database, add them to your Wish List and then download them to your iPhone or computer at your leisure. I listened to 6 that week. One is the above mentioned… back to the point.

It brought up a lot of interesting points about how there are so many people who live alone. I personally know quite a few who do. When you think about the suburbs and the sprawl that’s happening all over America you know that those developments are for families. So where are these single people living? In 3 bedroom houses in the suburbs, in apartments in the suburbs, in apartments in the city, if they’re making good money maybe they own a place in the city. Single people, according to this book, mostly have a better social life than married folks, says Klinenberg. I can hear married people saying, “Oh good… now I don’t have to go out anymore. I’ve found someone.” Lots of people like to be lazy in their own homes. I guess it’s easier when there’s someone else in the house with you.

This isn’t my point though… I’m wondering if there will ever be developments for singles. Will there be duplexes or quadplexes mixed in with future subdivisions in the future? Will there be subdivisions with 2 bedroom houses… I’d personally love it if the 2 bedroom house came back in style. If smaller homes were available, and not with the tiny yard of the “Garden home”, would more empty nesters move out and leave their 4 bedroom homes for the next generation because they could stay in their neighborhood? Is anyone in America interested in that?


1 thought on “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone”

  • Interesting concept and not far off the mark. It appears that we humans make a full circle. Out pioneering great great grandparents journeyed hundreds of miles in wagons and then continued to live in that wagon cooking by the campfire, pitching tents, lean-to’s while constructing a home quickly before the winter hit. Sometimes earthen homes for the animals and themselves while preparing the ground. Depending on time and skill set of the men — they could build a large one room log cabin and add on in the coming seasons — building a large stone fireplace for cooking, canning, heating. That’s why it was so very important to go in groups to share the work and forage for firewood and food.

    The rich built big in the cities to show everyone how prosperous they were but of course had large families & other family members living with them to help with the work and family business.

    It was rare to have “singles” in Rhodes days because people took “singles” into their home or converted there large houses into boarding rooms…

    I’m interested in more.. Please share..

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