A worldwide demographic change is that the number of people living alone is increasing. Some of them are having a great time but too many are lonely
Many sociologist, economists and commentator have positive things to say about single person households. There views are; economic benefits, we all believe in self-reliance and can take care of ourselves (but we also long for community involvement). Many people are quite anxious about someone they know who is living alone but they are reassured that they are not isolated because the social view is that everyone is connected in some way to a family member or friend.
There is a dark side to being on your own
The key element in the above mentioned reassurance is that we should study very carefully the difference between those that have decided to live alone and enjoy so doing and those who do not have friends or family. A significant global demographic change is occurring but very little is being done to work on the growing number of problems arising from the rise of single person households. (SPH) There is an economic benefit. However, our research has focused on the current and future problems because we can show that these cost more than anyone can imagine.
Let’s look briefly at the numbers. Statistics are good indicators and despite being out of date they can and do show the trends. Each country is different but overall apart from war zones and areas of conflict, refugees and natural disaster the number of people living in single person households is rising rapidly. For example: Australia has 6 million people in SPH (24%), Japan 41 million (32%) and PRC; China 168 million (12%)
These numbers are official estimates but we are amazed that very few governments people really understand how many people are living alone and the very large number of people that are not on their own but are isolated by others or by themselves for various reasons.
For example: 孤独死 Kodoku-shi = Dying alone refers to elderly Japanese people whose bodies lie undiscovered in their apartments, sometimes for months – a figure that some estimate is close to 30,000 per year. What about roofless people? (also called Homeless).
This article is to alert you to the problems that are not easily recognized. We have already written much about this and give you links below to find these.
More details on this subject and all of our work is only available to Members and DefendersLIVING ALONE SILENCE AND LONELINESS OLD PEOPLE RUN OUT OF PEOPLE AND BECOME LONELY