They may also have more opportunities to enjoy the solitude that many of them savor.
That’s what they’re expected to do, and often it’s also what they want to do.
But single people are expanding the traditional boundaries of family.
Reports of the early death of single people have also been greatly exaggerated, as have claims that marriage transforms miserable, sickly single people into happy and healthy spouses.
In some significant ways, it’s the single people who are doing particularly well.
They tend to participate in more civic groups and public events, enroll in more art and music classes, and go out to dinner more often than people who live with others.