Commonwealth Policy Center

More Americans are living alone than ever before. Nearly a third of households are comprised of singles. Numbers are even higher in Europe. Living alone may bring more independence, but separation from a family often leads to loneliness and shorter life spans. This trend has been accompanied by declining marriage and birth rates. Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies also warns of significant economic and social consequences: “If we have fewer and fewer children, that means we have few people to work, to be consumers, to pay taxes.” Human beings are made for community, and men and women specifically are made for marriage. When singleness becomes the norm, we need to ask why? And what does it mean for future society?