Going Solo: The Appeal of Living Alone

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Hour 2

There’s a new demographic trend in this country toward living alone. Thirty-one million people – roughly one out of every seven adults — is choosing to live by themselves – no roommate, no spouse, no kids at home. New York University sociologist ERIC KLINENBERG has spent a number of years tracking these “singletons,” as he calls them, and has found some surprising things. Far from being loners, these single folks are engaged and active in their social and civic lives, and mentally healthy. And Klinenberg believes all these millions of singles are having an effect on the culture. Marty talks with Klinenberg about his new book, “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.”

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