Plus, does living alone turn women into slobs?
Remember that show Living Single? They may have been single, but I'm pretty sure they all had roommates.
In 2012, being single usually means living alone. One out every four American households is occupied by a solo flier. And here in singles mecca New York, almost one in two people dwell by themselves. I don't know about you, but I find that a little more sad than liberating. More and more, our society is fragmenting, so that we not only have more diverse interests (in 1950, there were like four TV shows, now there are 4 million), but are increasingly separated from one another — and as a result, lonely.
According to a recent feature in The New York Times, all these people living alone means lots of singing into hairbrushes, drinking wine out of the bottle, and other quirky — or just plain bizarre — behaviors. Amy Kennedy, a 28-year-old schoolteacher from High Point, NC, confesses to the following behaviors: "running in place during TV commercials; speaking conversational French to herself while making breakfast (she listens to a language CD); singing Journey songs in the shower; and removing only the clothes she needs from her dryer, thus turning it into a makeshift dresser." Love & Beauty: How Often Do You Pluck Your Eyebrows?
Quirky, sure, but completely harmless/acceptable. Now the ladies over at The Frisky are another story... In response to the NYTimes article, they made a list called 20 Shameful Secret Single Girl Behaviors That We're Proud To Admit To, and it's full of stuff like not washing your hands and not taking out the garbage. Now I'm going to be shameless and admit I've done like 12 things on their list at least once, but the others are just plain gross. As our editor Tom pointed out, maybe living by themselves makes everyone into weirdos because "It's the prospect of judgement that keeps us from devolving into monsters." Well said. Maybe we all need a Bert to our Ernie to keep us in check.
Anyway, we have our own shameful single behaviors here at YourTango! Here's what our staff had to say. Names have been withheld to protect the innocent.
1. "I eat standing up at my kitchen counter."
2. "Sometimes I don't feel like eating dinner, so I'll just eat dessert."
3. "When I lived alone, sometimes I ate Pirate's Booty for dinner."
4. "I do some karate moves and can play or watch six hours of video games/Netflix streaming without blinking an eye."
5. "When I was single, I used to have the most disgusting toothpaste container. I never capped. Then once I got married, I was all 'oops.'"