Previously both socially uncommon and unaccepted due to perceived roles, public awareness, modern socioeconomic factors and increasingly available popular and lengthier education and careers have made the single lifestyle a viable option for many Americans, especially after the Vietnam War.
Similar to the United States, single-person households are increasingly popular in the United Kingdom.
More than half the population In North America is single, and nearly a third of households have just one resident.
In Stockholm, Sweden, sixty per cent of the people live by themselves.
In the United States, for example, Social Security widow(er) benefits are only available to those persons who have been previously married, and single people in the United States pay more income taxes than married people.
In many countries tour and holiday operators impose a penalty (often as much as 100%) on persons who travel alone.
Women typically value friendships over romantic relationships and many continue to have jobs and marry later or forego marriage completely.
From the 17th century the word was appended to names as the official legal description of an unmarried woman: Elizabeth Harris of London, Spinster.
People have different perspectives on the ways in which marital status influences health.