As countries develop, their populations tend to live by themselves. What are its causes? What effects does it have on the society?
In recent years, living alone has become increasingly normal around the world, especially in those major cities. There could be several reasons why this is the case, and I believe that it has both positive and negative effects on our society.
There are various reasons why many people choose to live by themselves. Firstly, because of urbanization and globalization, a growing number of people of working age have to live in cities far away from their hometown, especially those who just graduate from universities. As they d not want t disturb or be disturbed by their parents, they prefer to live by themselves. Besides, the increasing awareness of independence may also have an impact on the choice of how to live. In addition, the convenient transport, such as railway and airplane and technology like mobile phones could meet the demand for contacting with our family members and friends both physically and emotionally, which provides the possibility for us to live on our own.
In my view, the rapid increase in the number of one person households has both beneficial and detrimental effects on our community. From the perspective of economy, the trend of living individually could lead to the increasing demand of housing, which could boost construction industry, real estate, bank and other related industries which provide services and products for homeowners. On the other hand, people living along for a long time might suffer from depression and feel isolated since they lack a sense of community, which is not good for neighborliness.
In conclusion, on the societal level, living by oneself can have both positive and negative influence.
Today, more and more people, especially in developed countries, choose to live alone. Some even go so far as living all by themselves even if they have a spouse. Obviously, the benefits of living alone are multiple: freedom to come and go as you please; the space and solitude all to yourself; kingly or queenly domain over the bed. However, as far as I see it, all these benefits do not come without prices.
To begin with, as TV has taught us once and again, the single-occupant home can be a breeding ground for eccentricities. In a sense, living alone represents the self let loose. In the absence of anybody else and his/her watchful eyes, the solo dweller is free to indulge his or her odd habits: no dish washing after dinner, standing naked in your kitchen at 2 a.m., eating peanut butter from the jar, and so on. You may do these things again and again until it is too late for you to make a change.
Then, for people who are comfortable and even good at living alone, there is often another concern: a fear that the concrete has set, so to speak, on their domestic habits and that it will be difficult to go back to living with someone else. A friend of mine got married after having been single and living by himself for many years, only to find that he was always quarreling with his wife because, in his words, she was constantly picking faults with his habits and lifestyle. It is only a long time later that he realized he had to give up those oddities he picked up when he was living alone.
It is, of course, a matter of personal preference whether one chooses to live all by himself or with his friends or family members. If he finds freedom more important than anything else, living alone is certainly a good choice. It would be the best choice of his if he understood how to avoid the perils, too.
In the current era, there is a phenomenon that the public prefer to dwell separately rather than reside together. This essay may examine the possible reasons and potential effects to the society.
To begin with, a stronger sense of privacy may lead to the tendency of living individually. In the past when people lived with relatives together, their personal lives might be interrupted by others easily. However, the public may raise their awareness of privacy and moving out of the big house in the past may be their priority. Then, they could better enjoy their personal lives since they are free to make their schedules.
In addition, single person households may arise from technological progress to some degree. Decades ago, when letter writing was the only choice for communication, people might choose to live together to avoid inconvenience caused by long-distance information exchange. However, current technology enables individuals to chat online even if they are far away from each other. Then, people could select any place to live alone since Internet makes people stayed connected, but not isolated.
In terms of the influence on society, social relationships may not be maintained. Taking family members as an example, even if they could communicate through iPhone or other devices, inevitably, they may have fewer and fewer face-to-face activities together. Then, the emotional tie among family members may not be strengthened since they are accustomed to living on their own, not to mention the relationship among friends who do not get in touch frequently.
In sum, the notion of protecting privacy and technology advancement may account for why individuals intend to dwell by themselves. As for the influence, social bonding may not be so tight anymore.
Personal space is always what some people are in pursuit of after suffering from tiredness from work or stress from study, and naturally a growing number of people begin to live alone, and hereby they believe the inner peace can be easily reached.
Primarily, our unprecedentedly noisy living environment is bothering most of people nowadays. There is no gainsaying that our life is surrounded by increasing noise, gradually resulting in huge mental stress to us. Besides, the fast-paced lifestyle makes people live under huge stress and high-tech devices push people into situation where they can be interrupted by all kinds of information moment by moment. Struggling in all those, some people consequently find out a way to escape from all those adversities, a shelter that only belongs to themselves.
What the general public need to be concerned about at first is that living alone weakens people’s communicative skills and even the desire of communicating with others. Faced with problems like this, people definitely have more possibilities to get mental illness. What is worse, living alone is thought as a temporary method for avoiding pressure for people. Instead, it is not the way by which stress can be released. People who always try to keep themselves away from pressure will probably be more vulnerable. There is no place where they can hide themselves forever. Without a shadow of doubt, it will be a severe social issue that a considerable proportion of population fear interacting with others or are not able to deal with pressure appropriately.
Humans are gregarious, yet this stressful and noisy society is pushing a rising number of people to live by themselves. This tendency ought to be paid sufficient attention to by the public as it does harm to not only individuals but also the whole society.