Love and Sex
Choosing to live alone on the rise for Canadians 0
There is a difference between loneliness and solitude. Not everyone can appreciate the difference, but it seems that more Canadians are willing and able to live alone than in years past. Once a punishment for bad behaviour or the result or poor life choices, people are voluntarily choosing the single life. I happen to be one of them.
A new documentary named 'Flying Solo' examines the global trend of living alone, and why the number of single households has tripled in this country over the last 50 years. The documentary shares stories of a diverse group of singles, who by decision or default, found themselves living lives of independence.
" 'Flying Solo' looks into the dramatic shift in our culture towards living alone – its origins, influences and repercussions for our society at large,” says Scott Harper, producer and director at Sunday Night Entertainment. “We all know people who live by themselves – or live alone ourselves. But what’s really stunning about all this is how, as a group, solos are reshaping the economy, politics, the environment and, of course, the future of the family itself.”
So why the steady change from community living to voluntary isolation? Reasons vary but have been influenced by both social and economic factors. A rising divorce rate and waning marriage numbers are certainly contributing factors. The modern age of constant connectivity of technology and social networking, mass urbanization and even equality in the workplace have all been instrumental in the changing landscape.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of having roommates during university and for several years after but I've definitely moved beyond the frat house sensibilities of years past. While I am at times nostalgic over certain social aspects, I can't say I miss the noise, the mess or having to feign interest in whatever vapid and uninteresting women my house mates happened to be dating at the time.
I work hard, I play even harder and when I do manage to occasionally find myself at home, those precious few moments are generally spent in much needed solitude or slumber. My home is my sanctuary, generally free of children and pets with only the sporadic evening guest and a solitary basil plant to keep me company and occasionally season my meals.
The reality is that living in the city, having access to the Internet or a smartphone means that even when you are alone, you never quite feel like it. As the pace of life and business increases, I can imagine even more people will voluntarily search out peace and quiet.