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Visualize Living Alone: Infographic About This Extraordinary Privilege May 3, 2013

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Copious Readers,

We here at Onely like to experiment with guest posters! We love having them and the interesting perspectives they bring (which may or may not completely jibe with Onely’s optic). Today we are moving from pure text to something a little more visual–an Infographic. This medium is new to us so we’ll be interested in hearing your feedback on both the form and the content, which in this case has to do with the growing trend of Living Alone. Click on the graphic to see the whole image on ForRent.com, an apartment search company exploring this new trend. Normally Onely does not advocate specific businesses, but we believe in companies that consider renting or building alternative housing for non-traditional familes such as single people, and so we appreciate that ForRent has taken notice of single dwellers.

In 1950, only 9% of households had single occupants. Comparing that with today’s 27%, it is easy to see the trend of solitary living. With extending life spans, the average age of marriage slowly increasing and large rises in urbanization, we are on a path that will not be changing in the near future. The economy is in a slow recovery yet, surprisingly, a very small amount of young adults have moved back into their family homes.

In this infographic, we will take a look at some of the other factors influencing Americans to forego residential companionship and instead prefer to live by themselves.

Alone But Not Lonely
“Alone But Not Lonely” infographic designed by ForRent.com

Great Onelers: SEARS HOME IMPROVEMENT October 1, 2010

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Kudos to Sears Home Improvement. When Jennifer called me to schedule my free estimate, she asked, “Is there anyone else who would benefit from the estimate for this new roof? Anyone who lives with you?” I believe that legally or ethically all contractors have to consider this factor when scheduling a visit for an estimate.   Sears’ wording was in refreshing contrast to other contractors, who speak to me about an appointment and then ask, “Will your husband be available too?” or some variation.  Which is sexist and singlist and heteronormative.

I answered nice, nonheteronormative Jennifer, “No, just my cats,” and she laughed, so now I think Sears has a fabulous sense of humor.  Copious Readers, what other companies would you recommend for being singles-savvy and also appreciative of dorky humor?


P.S. Onely’s staff has not been posting as often lately because we’ve been very busy (ok, full disclosure: Lisa has been busy with her dissertation, and Christina has been consulting her cats about roofing options). But we have a slew of posts backing up in our Drafts folder, so stay tuned for the onslaught once we hit “publish” on all of those.

Photo credit: Dawniecakes

Some Like It Single: Singletude March 27, 2009

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Welcome to the latest installment in our new series, Some Like It Single, where we profile (relatively) small, independent blogs dedicated to exploring what it means to be “single” in American culture and, we hope, around the world.

Today we’re looking at the thorough, thoughtful, and entertaining posts in Singletude: A Positive Blog for Singles, by Clever Elsie (and yes, she is!).


Onely Commits Two Singlisms in One Day March 26, 2009

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OH NO!  Onely committed singlism twice in one day!

The first time was in Trader Joe’s:

“My writing group’s coming to my house for the first time tomorrow, so I’m shopping for really great snacks,” I told one of the staff with whom I’m pretty friendly. “I’m nervous because they all have these big, clean, decorated houses and I have. . . well, not to stereotype,” (and so you know I’m going to go ahead and stereotype) “but I live in a single girl townhome.” (more…)

Single Women Don’t Do Windows! October 27, 2008

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I called around to some window companies, hoping to get an estimate on replacing the nine windows in my townhouse. During the initial phone conversations when I set up appointments, Prince William Home Improvement asked me, “When will you and your husband be available for an estimate?” Long Fence and Home asked me, “Do you have a husband?” And Homework Remodeling asked me, “Will your husband be there too?” (more…)

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