Single living is the new way to find happiness
By Thair Shaikh

FORGET Bridget Jones and her hapless search for a husband: real-life singletons are career-minded, successful, happy people, comfortable with their status, according to a new survey.

NI_MPU('middle');Unlike the accident-prone Ms Jones, single people no longer feel socially odd and use their status to travel and try “new life experiences”.

The findings of the survey, which interviewed more than 1,000 single people aged mostly between 25 and 54, highlight the changes and adaptations people are making as the single population grows.

About 48 per cent of the adult population is now single, and by 2010 more than 40 per cent of households are expected to be occupied by single people.

The trend is not unique to Britain, with other Western economies experiencing similar demographic changes, including New York, where happy single people are known as “quirkylones”.

The survey, timed to coincide with National Singles Week, which begins on Monday, found that 82 per cent of those questioned said that being single gave them “an opportunity to try new life experiences” and 89 per cent said that travelling alone “boosted their confidence” and allowed them to be more spontaneous and adventurous. Single people questioned about their lifestyles said that a busy working life created opportunities for greater self-esteem and 83 per cent said that having a good career was more important for single people than those who were married or cohabiting. Most of the 1,050 people surveyed, aged between 16 and 65, had been single for between one and five years and came from Britain and Ireland.,00.html