According to a new infographic from ForRent.com, having roommates is so 90′s. Despite the popularity of New Girl (a show about late 20-something/early 30 something roommates), 27% of American households are singles. This is an increase of 8% since 1950. So why is this happening? Well a big part of it is women’s liberation. We are able to support ourselves now and not have to count on marriage to get us out of our parent’s houses.
Women don’t need husbands in the way that they used to which could be a major factor as to why the number of single adults rose to 50% in 2010, compared to 33% in 1950, according to census data. In her famous “All The Single Ladies” Atlantic article Kate Bolick writes, “according to the Pew Research Center, a full 44% of Millennials and 43%of Gen Xers think that marriage is becoming obsolete.” We earn our own money now while 50 years ago, that really wasn’t possible. And we actually don’t even men to have children now with the amazing invention of IVF. But a lot of women of course do want to get married but they aren’t approaching it like generations before them did. Bolick talks about the fact that women don’t need to “marry up” like they used to. Now women are the “up.” Women may also be looking at men differently now because they don’t have to just think “Does this person have good reproductive potential?” Bolick wrote:
“Everywhere I turn, I see couples upending existing norms and power structures, whether it’s women choosing to be with much younger men, or men choosing to be with women more financially successful than they are (or both at once). “
Plus, both women and men are just getting married later in life these days, according to the graphic. The cities that see the most single residents include D.C., Manhattan and Atlanta. So when you see a young, single woman living alone, do not think she is lonely. She is actually liberated.