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Contrary to popular belief, living alone doesn't have to be a sign of defeat. In fact, considering the high cost of real estate nowadays, especially in major Metropolitan areas, living alone should be seen as a sign of financial stability. In a world where most working professionals need three or four roommates just to get by, living alone is a freakin' luxury few can afford.
That said, there are plenty of things we've all heard about living alone, that frankly, need to be dispelled. We're not huge fans of BS here at FHM, so, let's crack this case wide open, shall we? Disclaimer: please don't use these as an excuse not to move in with your long time girlfriend, OK?
We refuse to be responsible for any martial woe. That said, if you're hesitant to live alone. These should calm any stray nerves.
Living Alone Doesn't Mean You're Lonely
Not many people understand the differences between being alone and being lonely. Mastering how to be alone is a sign of independence — whether it be financial or otherwise. Being lonely, often times, is a choice. Just because you live alone doesn't mean you don't have a social life. Contrary to that, you can have five roommates and feel completed isolated.
No One Wants To Live With You
Again, just because you live alone doesn't mean that you didn't have the option to live with other people. Flying solo is just as much a conscious choice as living with roommates. People who live alone may have had the opportunity to live with a partner or friend and decided against it. More power to 'em, if you ask us.
Apartments For One A Hard To Come By
Have you tried apartment shopping in New York City, as a prime example? Most apartments are the size of a tuna can and intended for three (or more) people. Finding an apartment comfortable for one is actually far easier than the alternative.
You Don't Care As Much About Tidiness
A lot of people are under the assumption that individuals who live alone don't have the same standards of living. Truth is, having a roommate doesn't automatically make you a neater person. Hello, how many of you had a slovenly college roommate? If you're clean, you're clean. If you're organized, you're organized. It doesn't matter who you live with.
You Can't Go Back To Living With Someone
The only constant in life is change. Should your circumstances become different — i.e. financial trouble, getting more serious with a significant other, etc. —you can and will adapt. Living alone at any point in your life doesn't mean that you won't be able to go back to the alternative. If anything, it means you're more adaptable.
At the end of the day, living alone is an important experience and should you have the means, we think everyone should do it at least once. It's useful in not only getting to know yourself, but realizing what you're truly looking for in a potential partner/roommate.