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25 Reasons to Love Living Alone

Inspirational essays and articles, with a touch of humor, are a favorite topic for Ms. Giordano, a writer and public speaker.

Many people are choosing to live alone.

Many people are choosing to live alone.

Is Living Alone the New Normal?

The incidence of people living alone has been trending upward for decades because people are choosing to do so. Why do people live alone and why do they love it?

According to the Census Bureau, in the United States, more than one-fourth of all households are one-person households. About 31 million people in the United States live alone. The singletons, as they are sometimes called, have lots of company. People in cities are more likely to live alone compared to people in suburban and rural areas. In some cities, as many as half of all households are one-person households.

Singleton Statistics (2010 U.S. Census)

 PeopleHouseholds

Total Number

315 million

315 million

Total Singletons

31 miliion

31 million

% of Total

13% of total adults

27% of total households

Prior to the 20th century, almost no one lived alone. but over the last century, there has been a major social phenomenon—a steady increase in the proportion of one-person households. The proportion of Americans who live alone has grown steadily since the 1920s, increasing from about 5 percent then to about 27 percent by 2010.

The % of One-Person Households by Decade

Decade%

1920

5

1940

8

1960

13

1980

23

2000

26

2010

27

Why Are So Many People Living Alone?

Young people marry at older ages: Many people who live alone are young single people. As the age of first marriage for women has risen from 22 in 1940 to 27 and for men from 24 in 1940 to 29, more young people are moving from their parents home before marriage and staying single longer. Some young unmarried people live with roommates, but many live alone.

There are more never-married people: We also have a rise in the never-married. As marriage has become less of an economic necessity and more acceptable as a lifestyle choice, the proportion of people who do not marry has also increased.

Older people are able to remain independent: At the other end of the age spectrum, there are more widows and widowers living alone. In earlier decades, they might have moved in with their children, but older people these days want their independence. With better health and better financial situations, they are able to choose to live alone.

People are marrying later, and some choose not to marry (or remarry) at all.

People are marrying later, and some choose not to marry (or remarry) at all.

What Are Some Reasons to Love Living Alone?

People are choosing to live alone. Almost every person who lives by themselves has other options available to them—living with family, living with friends, living with roommates, or getting married or remarried. Obviously, there must be a lot of benefits to living alone.

There are many advantages to living alone, but there are some disadvantages too.

There are many advantages to living alone, but there are some disadvantages too.

A List of Reasons to Love Living Alone (Or Not)

Here are some of the advantages (and corresponding disadvantages) of living alone. It's a trade-off. You give up one thing to get another thing.

1. I can eat what I want when I want.

On the downside, grabbing a cup of soup at my desk is not the healthiest way to live.

2. There Is no one expecting me to cook dinner.

On the downside, there is no one to cook dinner for me.

3. When I cook something delicious, I don't have to share It.

On the flipside, when I cook something delicious, there is no one to share it with. And no one to tell me what I good cook I am.

4. No one eats the last piece of pie before I get home.

On the downside, there is no one to surprise me with a freshly baked pie when I get home.

5. Everything stays where I put It.

On the downside, there is no one to help me look for something when I forget where I put it.

Three reasons I love living alone: I can eat what and when I want, I don't have to cook, and everything stays where I put it.

Three reasons I love living alone: I can eat what and when I want, I don't have to cook, and everything stays where I put it.

6. I can stay up as long as I want.

On the downside, when I stay up until 3 am watching TV, there is no one reminding me that if I don’t go to sleep, I’m going to be really tired all the next day.

7. No one wakes me up when I want to sleep late.

On the downside, there is no one to wake me up so I don’t sleep half the day away.

8. I can turn the volume up as loud as I want.

As long as I don't disturb the neighbors, there is no downside to this one.

9. I can watch what I want on TV.

The big screen TV in the living room is all mine. On the downside, there is no one to turn to and say, “Wow, did you see that?"

10. If I wake up at 3 am, I can turn on the TV or the light.

I can’t think of a downside.

11. I don't have to nag anyone about chores.

On the downside, I have to take the garbage out myself.

12. I don't have to clean up after anybody.

On the downside, I have no one to help with the cleaning up.

Three reasons to love living alone: No one wakes me if I want to sleep late, I can watch what I want on TV, and I don't have to clean up after anybody.

Three reasons to love living alone: No one wakes me if I want to sleep late, I can watch what I want on TV, and I don't have to clean up after anybody.

13. I don't have to clean up when all I want to do Is write.

On the downside, when I have let the dishes pile up in the sink and the clothes pile up on the floor, there is no one to help with the cleaning up when I am too busy to do it.

14. There is no one sick and coughing keeping me up all night.

On the downside, there is no one to take care of me if I am sick. Fortunately, I almost never get sick.

15: I can skip the shower when all I want to do Is write.

On the downside, I have a nose too.

16. I can fart if I want to.

On the downside, I have a nose too.

17. I don't have to shut the bathroom door.

No downside to that one.

18. I don't have to talk to anyone If I don't want to.

On the downside, there is no one around to talk to when I want to talk to someone.

Three reasons I love living alone: I can skip the shower, I don't have to shut the bathroom door, and I don't have to talk.

Three reasons I love living alone: I can skip the shower, I don't have to shut the bathroom door, and I don't have to talk.

19. I can keep the utility bills low.

No one is taking long showers or leaving the lights on. On the downside, there is no one to contribute to the utility bills.

20. There Is no one to shame me if I I binge and eat a half box of cookies.

On the downside, there is no one to stop me from eating half a box of cookies.

21. If I am missing an ingredient in the middle of preparing a recipe...

Wait, this one is all negative; there is no one to run to the store and get it.

22. I can hog the covers in bed.

On the downside, sleeping alone means I don’t have anyone to snuggle up against.

23. I don't have to listen to snoring.

Not only do I not have to listen to snoring, I also don't have to listen to complaints about my snoring. No downside to this one.

24. I can keep the house at the temperature I prefer.

No downside to this one either.

25. I don't have to worry someone is waiting up for me.

On the downside, no one is waiting up for me.

Three reasons I love living alone: No one sees me binge, I can hog the covers, and I don't have to listen to snoring.

Three reasons I love living alone: No one sees me binge, I can hog the covers, and I don't have to listen to snoring.

That last reason reminds me of a big issue for people who live alone, especially if one is "getting on in years.” What if I fall, and I can’t get up? I suppose I will have to get a medic alert necklace. And there you have it. It appears that just like in physics where every action has an opposite and equal reaction, every benefit of living alone has an equal and opposite drawback.

Understanding the "Living Alone" Phenomenum

Be honest, the poll is anonymous

© 2014 Catherine Giordano

Can you add to the list of pro and cons of living alone? I'd love to hear what you think.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 15, 2016:

moonlake: I hope I didn't sound like I objected to your comment. I liked your comment. I sounds like you lost someone very close to you and that is why you are living alone. I am very sorry if that is so. Living alone can be hard when it does not occur as your own choice.

moonlake from America on November 14, 2016:

Sorry I didn't mean to imply that. I enjoyed your hub. I know many people are happier living alone.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 14, 2016:

moonlake: I never said there were no disadvantages to living alone. Although on the plus side, no one wakes you up in the middle of the night.

moonlake from America on November 14, 2016:

Hate living alone. I always stayed up as late as I wanted. Now I have no one to wake up in the middle of the night and tell him I hear something outside, let him know I'm sick, or come and see the beautiful moon.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 12, 2016:

Catherine,

No sweat. And you are welcome.

Suzie from Carson City on November 12, 2016:

LOL.....Ya gotta LOVE those little "helpers" we have! I have not one, but 4 sons who HELP (?) me that way, ALL THE TIME!! Oh, but we LOVE them anyway......LOL Some where along the way, those guys of mine believe the table turned and they now have to "raise" Mom....! I've told them I've gotten older....but not yet helpless & daffy!! LOL

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 12, 2016:

Kenneth Avery: Thank you. It is so nice of you to share this hub with your many followers.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 12, 2016:

11/12/2016

1:55 p.m., - CST

Catherine,

I shared this hub with my other followers.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 12, 2016:

fpherj48: I loved your comment. There are so many advantages to living alone. My adult son had to move back in with me and I long for the quiet and peace of living alone. One cay my son decided to help me by collecting the trash throughout the house. I had a small box where I kept some makeup supplies. I had left it sitting on top of the small wastebasket (the size of those meant for use in the bathroom) in my room next to my dressing table. He mistook it for garbage and threw it out. It was picked up by the garbage truck before I noticed it was gone. I spent a hour looking for it all around thinking I had misplaced it before i realized what had happened. So I have to add to the list. "No one throws out things that you don't want thrown out."

Suzie from Carson City on November 11, 2016:

Catherine...Hello! I haven't been around for quite some time. But what matters is, I'm here now and have found this wonderful list!

For certain...! I could have written this...word for word~~but I didn't. You did and in your own superb style. I simply love it, Catherine.

For the first time in my long, lovely & often rocky life, I'm living alone. At first I admit, it took some getting used to, but it has all fallen into place. Going on 4 years now and also going just fine & dandy!

I agree completely with your list, both the positive and downsides to it all~and especially where no downside exists. It's become my preferred fashion of living with not a single thought to ever change it. Thanks for the fun read, Catherine. Take care & Peace, Paula

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on August 06, 2015:

M. L. Morgan. Thanks for visiting and commenting. It is nice to know that the HP fb page gets us views. I have clicked on a few from there myself. I almost didn't put #16 into the list, it is so unladylike.

M L Morgan on August 06, 2015:

Number 16, possibly the best benefit lol. Thanks for sharing! :) (Accessed via the FB Hubpages group)

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on May 04, 2015:

Thank you Mary, for your comment, votes, and shares. I'm so glad you liked this hub. It is one of my favorites. Some people may feel sorry for you because you live alone; if only they knew how great it is to live alone. I wrote this to be funny, but there is so much truth in it.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 04, 2015:

You are a gal after my own heart!! I just loved this Hub! I live alone and enjoy my life. My hubby died in 1988, and I do not choose to ever replace him; he was one in a million.

My daughter who also lives alone just came over and read this with me. She loved it, too.

Voted this UP, etc. and shared.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on April 27, 2015:

letstalkaboutedu: Thanks I tried to do both the pros and cons of living alone in a light-hearted manner. Living alone is great and living with others is great too. I had fun writing this. Thanks for your comment.

McKenna Meyers on April 27, 2015:

Thanks for the entertaining hub, Catherine. You're a fun writer. I think everybody should have the experience of living alone at least once in her lifetime. I lived alone before getting married and loved it. If I were to live alone again, I'd be fine.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on April 14, 2015:

Thanks colorfulone: I just hope my son stays around when I get Alzheimers. It shouldn't be long now. Just kidding. (I hope I am just kidding.) I hope things are as good as they can be for your mom.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 14, 2015:

Yes, Mom has Alzheimers, Catherine. She's a saint, and very polite for the most part. She was independent for many years and wanted to stay home, but it got to the point that she couldn't be alone anymore because of the memory loss.

I hope that is working out fairly well with having your son living with you now. Have a good day!

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on April 13, 2015:

Colorfulone: I sounds like you're mother is not in good health and I am sure that adds to the your difficulties. She might also be preferring to live alone, too. I hope it all works out or you. I am now adjusting to have my 20-somethig son living with me. it has it's pluses as well as minuses.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 13, 2015:

I was loving living all alone for years, a happy single, and for all the reasons you stated. It has been a big adjustment moving home to care for Mom so she came live the rest of her life at home, hopefully. But, I am glad to be home with my dear Mom. Someday, I will be living alone again as a happy single. :)

Julie K Henderson on April 04, 2015:

I appreciate the humor in the article, and also the fact you address real perks and disadvantages of living alone versus living with others.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on April 04, 2015:

I feel that living alone has some benefits and living with others has some benefits. it's just a matter of which benefits are more important to you. A cinnamon roll can make up for some inconvenience. Some inconveniences can be dealt with. For instance, I asked my son to tell me when he eats the last of something. This avoids the problem like the one I had the other day when I decided I wanted cereal for breakfast and discovered it was gone. Thanks for commenting. This essay is just meant to be fun rather than a serious discussion of the issues.

Julie K Henderson on April 04, 2015:

I am glad you are enjoying the goods he brings home from Panera Bread. I think there is a time and season to live alone and with other people.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on April 04, 2015:

Julie K Henderson: I loved living alone. Right now my adult son is living with me again. it's an adjustment. But there is an upside. He helps around the house. He works at Panera Bread and sometimes brings pastry home. Thanks for your comment.

Julie K Henderson on April 03, 2015:

This was an entertaining and informative article. I currently live alone, and, though I often love it, there are certain downsides (such as having no one to help me clean and so forth). Thank you for commenting on this growing trend.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on March 26, 2015:

Thanks grand old lady for your comment. Nothing is ever all good or all bad--it is always trade-offs. Living alone is great, but living with others has lots of positives also.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 26, 2015:

I loved how you added the downside with every upside. It made the article fun to read. Interestingly, your poll also reflects that the downside seems to equal the upside. Do I make sense?

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on March 09, 2015:

Hi. Kenneth. Thanks for your comment. I'm doing well. I see you have been writing a lot of hubs. I admire your inventiveness.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on March 08, 2015:

March 8, 9:02 CDST

Hi, Catherine,

Aha! Surprise! I just thought that I would drop by to say hello. I hope you are well and you are dry and warm.

I think of you fondly . Wishing you a safe and happy week.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on March 08, 2015:

Thanks MDavisatTIERS: The leftovers on day 3--that is what freezers are for. but I get your point. Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked my pro and cons about living alone.

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on March 08, 2015:

Good evening, Catherine. I also live alone. I've been married and divorced three times - I either do it well or poorly, up to others to interpret....Your reasons are exactly mine, pros and cons. The other down side, is when you make too much of any recipe that looks good - it is rarely good on day three.

Thanks so much for an interesting Hub. ~Marilyn

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on February 27, 2015:

Thanks for your comment, ps. I love living alone also. About a week ago, my son (in his 20's) moved back in with me. It is a bit of an adjustment, but he helps around the house so that part is good.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 27, 2015:

Yes indeed there are pros and cons to living alone. I have lived alone for about 8 years and frankly I love it. I have a cat who demands little except that I recognize that he is king of all that he surveys

I do love company and have lots of it but am the one who calls the shots at the end of the day.

I guess that sounds selfish. Maybe if Mr wonderful found his way to me I might reconsider the single life ....who knows.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on February 13, 2015:

Snakesmum: The best of both worlds is ideal. You can sample the benefits of living with someone and then you can go back to enjoying living alone. Thanks so much for your comment.

Snakesmum on February 13, 2015:

Right on, Catherine! I live alone, and can relate to what you say, but I wouldn't change it - I love the freedom. Also I love having someone stay with me sometimes, then I get the best of both worlds. :-)

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on February 12, 2015:

Thanks. Sandyspider. I thought it was important to show both sides of living alone. To have one benefit, you have to give up the other benefit. I'm glad that you would be comfortable living alone if you ever had to. Some people find that hard.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on February 12, 2015:

I like how you added the downside to these as well. Enjoyed reading this. I don't live alone but don't think I would have a problem with it.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on February 05, 2015:

Thank you, lawdpctprlee for your effusive praise. A compliment from you means a lot to me since I admire your intellect greatly. I tried to show both sides of living alone. It was meant to be a funny piece, but I guess some sentimentality must have slipped in.

Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD from New York, NY on February 05, 2015:

Catherine, this is an awesome hub. I can relate to it from both sides (having lived alone and living with others). My Dad has lived alone forever and he loves it. Mom lived alone for 30 years before she remarried.

Not only did this hub make me laugh but the sentimentality of this hub brought a tear to my eye. I love this one. Thank you for giving me something wonderful to read today.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on January 15, 2015:

Yes, Kenneth: You made me smile. Big grin right now.

Nice to hear from you.-- Cathy

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on January 10, 2015:

Thank you pop-culture. I grew up in a family of seven in a 3-Br apartment. Oh how glorious it was when I got to be home alone. Thank yu for commenting and I hope you get that me-time.

pop-culture on January 09, 2015:

I live with others but I so miss my "me" time. This was such a great and funny read. Thank You!

Kate McBride from Donegal Ireland on December 09, 2014:

Living alone suits some people better than living with others and there are many advantages as you outline so well.You are right when you say that it is a lifestyle choice as an alternative to marriage.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on December 09, 2014:

You know when I am not glad that I live alone? When I do a recipe hub and I am trying to hold the spoon over the pot to show the consistency with one hand and hold the camera steady and snap the picture with the other hand. I had to do that today and I wished there was someone there to help.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on December 03, 2014:

I have been looking for you your hub "Why I Couldn't Live Alone" everyday. I really have. I can't wait to see what you do with it. It will be such fun to have "book-end" hubs with my friend, Kenneth.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on December 03, 2014:

Living alone is not for everyone, although some people thrive on it. I mention several alternatives for people who don't like living alone.

Ohla on December 03, 2014:

I am a person who is always scared to think how I could live alone if i have to oneday. This is a good one to read if i have to do so.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 16, 2014:

Go right ahead. Do your reasons why you can't live along. We can then link to each other. What fun. I I can't wait to read it.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 16, 2014:

Hi, Dear Catherine,

I was thinking of something.

Would you mind terribly if I wrote My Own hub, and giving you the credit, called "25 Reasons Why I Couldn't Live Alone""

Just wondering. If you say no, then I will say no more.

Have a blessed week, Dear Friend.

Kenneth

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 16, 2014:

Exactly right Chaitanya. Living alone is not a permanent status. At sometimes of your life it is better to live alone. You can always go back to living with others again. I used humor to give the pros and cons of living alone. Besides living alone does not mean that you ARE alone. You can have an active social life.

Sai Chaitanya from INDIA on November 16, 2014:

Living alone isn't a wrong thing, Because, Sometimes, we will have some situations in life, when we feel, Its better to stay alone, than to be in a relation. So, I love living alone, for many reasons, that have been explained above.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 16, 2014:

Living alone is not or people who get lonely easily. I like being alone and I guess a lot of other people do too, women more than men.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 15, 2014:

Dear Catherine,

You are very sweet, my dear friend. I love your style of writing. I was smitten with NO. 25 in your list. "On the down side, there is no one waiting for me." To me, that WOULD BE the worst. I get lonesome easily and that leads to thinking that leads to depression.

I am so thankful to have YOU in my life as a dear Friend, Talented writer and Cherished follower.

Sweet dreams. Talk to you soon.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 15, 2014:

Kenneth , it means a lot to me that you like my writing. I work hard on it. have a good night. Back to the keyboard tomorrow.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 15, 2014:

Dearest Catherine,

You are a Great Friend. And very Special too. Thank you so much for byr your sweet words, but by the same token, just look what YOU have given to the world. A lot of good and interesting stories that people enjoy.

You cannot just imiitate me, but BEST me without any problem and for a lady of your class to do that, I love it.

Write soon and have a safe night, dear lady.

Kenneth

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 15, 2014:

Thank you once again Kenneth. I updated the pictures last night. I wanted a more uniform look. I always enjoy your hubs. They are funny, and as I have noted in some of my hubs, I'm a big fan of laughter. Thanks for putting a little more laughter in the world. This was my attempt to imitate your style. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 13, 2014:

Thanks Kenneth. No one has ever credited me with a masterpiece before. Happy Thanksgiving to you also. I'm sure we'll comment to each other before ten.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on November 13, 2014:

Hi, and Surprise, Catherine!

I really got to hand to you. This hub is a masterpiece, in every way.

I just wanted to say hi and tell you to keep up this great work.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Keep in touch with me.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on November 13, 2014:

Dana: So true--you really don't know someone until you live with him/her. If you are not the type to get lonely easily, there are a lot of good things about living alone.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on November 13, 2014:

Most of my relationships broke up when I tried to live with my partner. Unfortunately you don't know someone until you have lived with them...yep, I love living alone.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 28, 2014:

Beautifully said. Perhaps one day I will be as lucky as you. But I will still want my "me" time. Hey, that could be another one to add to my list. I love living alone because it is "me time" all the time. (On the downside, it is nice to have" us time." Thanks for your comment. It is much appreciated. It made me smile.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2014:

I really love the list, and I could relate to much of it. I lived alone for decades before I met Bev seven years ago. She's probably the only woman who could convince me that all my reasons for living alone couldn't match the one for living with her....I love her. :)

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 23, 2014:

Thanks ocfireflies: I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. I didn't want to be one-sided about living alone. Pretty much everything in life has an upside and a downside and the grass is always greener in someone else's yard. If you live alone, appreciate the benefits; if you live with others, appreciate the benefits. And don't forget to laugh.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on October 23, 2014:

Catherine,

Thank you for starting my day off with a smile. Loved all the points you "raised" and "challenged" on your list. I also found it interesting once I thought about it how many people (old and young) I know who live the single life. I will definitely have to share this hub with them. V+ for sure. Have a wonderful day!

Best,

Kim

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 21, 2014:

MsDora: You made me laugh with your quip about people who live alone talking to themselves. Maybe I should find a way to add that to my list.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 21, 2014:

Very creative, Catherine. You make it unnecessary for anyone to refute your arguments. You talk and answer yourself, as it were--something people living alone learn to do. I share your opinions. Very good read!

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 20, 2014:

Dearest Catherine,

Wow! You have made me blush. And that is NOT a one-liner. You did a fine job and if you like, you can now say you have expanded your talents into List Hubbing along with your other style.

And expansion means talent for real.

Have a Sweet Night, My Sweet Friend.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 20, 2014:

Thanks so very much Ken. I am learning from the master--You. thanks for encouraging me to do a humorous list hub.

Kenneth Avery from Hamilton, Alabama on October 20, 2014:

Dearest Catherine,

Wow! Terrific hub! I mean it. Loved this work. Especially Reasons 1, 3, 10. 20 22, and 25--those stood out to me and I smiled to myself.

You are on a great road so just drive carefully and enjoy.

Voted UP and All of the choices.

Congratulations!

Ann Carr from SW England on October 20, 2014:

Definitely! I voted for living with someone but that was my proviso! Great hub.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 20, 2014:

After it was too late to change my poll, I realized I should have included an answer "I live with others, but sometimes I like to be alone." thanks for your comment. It was meant to be a humorous essay so I hope it made you laugh.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 20, 2014:

Yep, there's always an equal and opposite. Everything has its bonuses. I've done both and I prefer living with someone - as long as I can have 'me' time and the occasional couple of days away!!

Ann

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 19, 2014:

Thanks Clive. I hub every day. I have some many idea. I keep trying things out to see if I can stumble upon something that clicks.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on October 19, 2014:

quite engaging, keep on hubbing

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 19, 2014:

Thanks Brit and thanks especially for the fart reference. I debated with myself (no one else being around) if it was vulgar to include it. I had a long term relationship with a man who lived in another state. We only saw each other on weekends. My attitude was "I can put up with anything for two days.."

Jackie Jackson from Fort Lauderdale on October 19, 2014:

This is great! I lived on my own for over ten years before himself came along and I took a LOT of persuading to change. (I still prefer weekdays when he's at the office to the weekends when he's in my way). I remember when my mum and dad split up my mum said 'at least I don't have to watch cowboy films on TV any more and I can fart when I want to'.

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 19, 2014:

Thanks Sunshine for your comment. Family life makes you long for a little bit of solitary life and being alone makes you long for a little bit of family. Since solo living is trending up I thought I'd take a look at why so many are choosing to live alone and discuss the pros and cons in a humorous way.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 19, 2014:

Great way of getting your point across along with the positives and negatives. I've never lived alone so I'm not sure if I would like it or not, but I do know I adjust quickly to changes in life. At this time I live with my hubby, daughter, SIL and two granddaughters...I cherish the moments of peace and quiet that I do get :)

Catherine Giordano (author) from Orlando Florida on October 19, 2014:

Thanks Iris for getting the joke. I've seen other people do hubs with funny lists so I thought I'd give it a try.

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on October 19, 2014:

Catherine, you crack me up! I love your parenthetical comments. Thankfully my husband (the only person I can stand to live with at this point) is very independent just like me. We're able to avoid many of the downsides of living with someone while benefiting from the good stuff. All told though, living alone is a pretty sweet gig (unless you fall, then you're screwed). :)