he numbers tell the story. In 1950, 22 percent of American adults were single. Four million lived alone. They accounted for 9 percent of all households.
Fast-forward to today, more than 50 percent of American adults are single — 31 million, about one out of every seven, live alone. They make up 28 percent of all households.
These so-called singletons are the focus of a new book by Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at New York University, “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Going Alone.”
Well, from all those numbers, it’s obvious something’s happening. What?