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But studies have also shown that single people are bucking those trends.For example, they are more likely than married people to encourage, help and socialize with their friends and neighbors.They are also more likely to visit, support, advise and stay in touch with their siblings and parents.
According to a national survey ongoing since 1974, Americans have never been less likely to be friends with their neighbors than they are now, with neighborliness lowest in the suburbs.
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.
Some have committed romantic relationships but choose to live in places of their own, a lifestyle of “living apart together.” Some of the most fascinating innovations are pursued by people who seek both solitude and easy sociability.
These individuals might move into their own apartment, but it’s in a building or neighborhood where friends and family are already living.
Others – and not just the very young – are living with their friends or other families of choice.