In 2017, at least 7.7 million of us in the UK were living alone according to the Office of National Statistics, with one person households set to reach 1 in 3 of all households by 2020. It’s a global trend, particularly across Europe and the U.S. Living solo has become much more popular, widespread and in turn, increasingly recognised as an everyday way of life – just in the same way as being married, co-habiting or being a single parent is.
So what’s underpinning the change and how does it help explain why society is more accepting of living alone? Also, what impact does the trend have on how we are perceived by others?