“People who live alone do get lonely,” Klinenberg says, “but so do people in marriages.” Younger people have made living alone a choice; in the under-65 demographic, 15 million live alone and many are actively choosing single lives, at the same time proving that the old equation between living alone and being unhappy no longer holds true.Younger singles are just as happy and healthy as younger people in committed relationships.Last year, my friend Jakob got a job he really likes in a medium-sized IT company.His boss is a great guy, his co-workers are competent and fun and his clients are all terribly nice people. In a society where marriage has been held up as the ideal, they misunderstand how those who’ve never married, or who are widowed or divorced, experience living alone.
Should advancing age cause people like me who are single to rethink our status? In an effort to quantify the feeling of loneliness – a sense of not having meaningful contact with others, accompanied by painful distress – geriatric specialists at the University of California, San Francisco, asked 1,604 adults age 60 and older how often they felt isolated or left out, or lacked companionship.His emails to his underlings are a case study in rudeness.And, of course, he’s known for summarily firing people who cross him in any way. He’s independently wealthy and so skilled he can always go out and get another job, and therefore has zero fear of being fired.Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) is teenager with a rebellious streak.She lives in the suburbs of Seattle with her well-meaning but overbearing father Steven (William Petersen) and his new family: second wife Laura (Amy Brenneman); Toby (Christopher Gray), Laura's son from her first marriage.