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Six Myths About Living Alone Debunked

Andrew Littlefield
Woman waking up in the morning, sitting up in her Ori Cloud Bed stretching her neck and looking out the window, taking in her amazing view from inside the comfort of her apartment

Considering living alone? Well, you’re not alone! A record number of people are choosing to leave roommates behind. Living alone is often misunderstood, with many myths surrounding this lifestyle choice. Let's debunk these myths and shed light on the positive aspects of living solo:

Myth: It's More Expensive

While it's true that you bear the full cost of rent and utilities, living alone can be cost-effective in many ways. Living alone can mean opting for a smaller apartment, which can result in big savings. You have full control over your budget, spending only on what's necessary and important to you. Living alone can also lead to better financial habits, as you learn to prioritize expenses and save for the future.

Myth: It’s Lonely

Contrary to popular belief, living alone doesn't mean you'll be lonely. In fact, it can be a liberating experience that allows you to fully embrace your independence. You have the freedom to socialize on your own terms, whether it's inviting friends over for dinner or joining community events. Living alone can also lead to deeper self-discovery and personal growth, as you have the space and solitude to reflect on your goals and aspirations.

Additionally, living alone doesn't mean you're isolated. You can maintain strong connections with friends and family, and living solo can actually enhance your social life. Without roommates, you're more likely to seek out social opportunities and build meaningful relationships. Overall, living alone can be a fulfilling and enriching experience, providing you with the perfect balance of solitude and social interaction.

Myth: It’s Unsafe

Safety is a valid concern for anyone living alone, but there are many precautions you can take to ensure your well-being. Get to know your neighbors so they can be aware when something is off or you need assistance. Ask about building security when touring the apartment building—do the outside doors lock? Do you need a key fob to access every floor in the elevator? Are there security cameras and good lighting?

Overall, with the right precautions and mindset, living alone can be a safe and empowering experience.

Myth: You’ll Become a Hermit

While it’s true that you may have to make more of an effort to be social when living alone,  it doesn't mean you'll become a hermit. In fact, living alone can motivate you to seek out social opportunities and build new connections. By joining clubs, volunteering, or attending community events, you can maintain an active social life while enjoying the freedom of living solo.

Additionally, living alone can provide you with a sense of balance and control over your social interactions. You can choose when and how to socialize, allowing you to recharge when needed and engage with others on your own terms. With the right mindset, living alone can be a catalyst for personal growth and meaningful relationships.

Myth: You’ll Get Bored

Living alone offers endless opportunities for personal growth and exploration. With no roommates to consider, you have the freedom to pursue hobbies, interests, and passions without limitations. Whether it's learning a new skill, exploring your city, or starting a creative project, living alone allows you to fully immerse yourself in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment.

You also can pursue hobbies that might not lend themselves to roommates—practicing an instrument, listening to music, watching your favorite movies, nude yoga. You know, that sort of stuff.

Myth: It’s Only for Introverts

While living alone can be appealing to introverts, extroverts can also thrive in a solo living situation. Living alone allows you to tailor your social interactions to your preferences, whether you prefer quiet nights in or lively gatherings with friends. By embracing the freedom of living solo, you can create a living environment that suits your personality and lifestyle, regardless of whether you're introverted or extroverted.

Even the most extroverted people need time to themselves, or at the very least would prefer to choose who they spend time with. Living alone gives you that control.