In the recent decade, the number of single-person households continue to rise in the US, UK, and European countries, and this trend is also emerging in Asia. Accessibility to virtual technologies bias us into thinking that modern life is filled with opportunities for social interactions, while in fact time spent in solitude takes up a significant proportion of our everyday lives, particularly for those who live alone.
FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE OF LIVING-ALONE ADULTS (data collected but not yet analysed)
During my first year at Durham University, I have collected data from 1000 adults in the UK. It has been suggested that living alone can be costly. This study is a fun sociological project that investigates whether living-alone adults might differ from those who live with others in how they manage their finance and explores factors that might contribute to the difficulties or successes that living-alone adults experience with money.
A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR UNDERSTANDING SOLITARY EXPERIENCES OF LIVING-ALONE ADULTS (Funded by Durham University's Seedcorn Grant)
Combining cross-disciplinary perspectives in psychology, anthropology, and sociology, and architecture, I have received the Seedcorn Grant (£7,425) from Durham University to investigate how individual characteristics, their social and physical environment can explain living-alone adults’ daily experiences with solitude.
The project has two aims. The first aim is to conduct a systematic review that aims to analyse different perspectives that provide insights into the question of how social and physical environment create, interact with, or modify solitary experiences of living-alone individuals. The second aim is to conduct qualitative interviews with living-alone adults across age groups, including those who live within the 5-mile radius around Durham city centre and those who live in rural areas around Durham.