A notable shift in society.
According to data from the U.S. Census, the share of one-person households has more than tripled.
In 1940, just 7.7% of all households were one person. In 2020 that number shot up to nearly 30%.
The percentage of American adults who live alone is around 14%.
DePaulo said women in the workforce are a key reason for the increase of one-person households.
"Women in the past were more often tethered to a husband for economic life support, now more women have their own jobs."
In 1950, the share of women in the labor force was 30%. The number is now 56.8%.
According to The Hill, "the solo-living movement intersects with several other societal trends. Americans are marrying later, if at all. The nation is aging. The national birthrate is falling. People are living longer — or they were, until the pandemic arrived."
Pereyra said there are some downsides to living alone.
"When you are living alone, everything is on your own shoulders. So whether that be housekeeping things like cleaning, laundry, going grocery shopping, you know, you're not splitting up tasks with anyone else." she explained. “At least mid 30s I will probably start to crave companionship or partnership.”
However, DePaulo said living along does not mean you are cutoff and it actually might lead someone to being more social.