Going Solo

Going Solo

The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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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 change. Renowned sociologist and author Eric Klinenberg explores the dramatic rise of solo living and examines the seismic impact it's having on our culture, business, and politics. Conventional wisdom tells us that living by oneself leads to loneliness and isolation, but, as Klinenberg shows, 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.
Publisher: [Ashland, Or.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2012.
ISBN: 9781455124718
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 sound file (8 hr., 37 min., 8 sec.) : digital.

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Jul 19, 2016

From what I have been able to listen to, I found it interesting and edifying, but I could only listen to about the first three hours or so because the device I used was intermittently turning off inexplicably. After about the tenth or eleventh instance, I lost patience and couldn't be bothered with it further.

May 26, 2012

Pretty interesting. It changed my ideas about what the norm is in terms of people living together or not. For example, I was surprised to learn that most students entering college in the US have never shared a room in their lives, so the prospect of a shared dorm room is really alien and unappealing to them. So colleges and universities are building single residence units now.


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