How the ‘Solo’ Movement is Rewriting Misconceptions of ‘Sad, Lonely’ Single Life
The “solo” movement is quickly becoming popular, especially among women who are tired of being told they need to settle down.
Jan 19, 2022
By Joyann Jeffrey
It’s projected that 1 in 4 millennials will never tie the knot — and that’s absolutely OK. Recent studies show that getting married isn’t necessarily the key to happiness.
Single people tend to exercise more, have more friends and are more likely to volunteer in their communities than married folks.
That’s why Peter McGraw, a 51-year-old behavioral economist, started an online community known as (Link): the “solo” movement that celebrates single life and rewrites the misconception that “singles are sad and lonely.”
“Why is it that when you ask a married person, ‘Are you happy?’ and they say yes, you believe them,” he told TODAY’s Maria Shriver. “And then when someone asks a single person, ‘Are you happy?’ and they say yes, there’s still some doubt there? If someone says they’re happy, trust them — because there’s many ways to be happy in life.”
What is the “solo” movement?
This movement aims to enforce the notion that people can find happiness and fulfillment outside of marriage.