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Almeria is home to more than 60,000 individuals, three times the number of people who lived alone thirty years ago.

Almeria residents live alone more often than ever.

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Almeria is home to more than 60,000 individuals, three times the number of people who lived alone thirty years ago.

Almeria residents live alone more often than ever. In less than 30 years, the number in which one person lives in a household has tripled. Data from the National Institute of Statistics, (INE) shows that there were 18,932 single-person households in 1991, and 60,100 in 2020 (latest available data). This increase in single-person households is hard to justify, as it is not explained by an increase in population. Almeria is also one of the most youthful provinces in Spain.

While the fact that women are more likely to live longer and be left alone when their children have moved on is an important factor in balancing the books, it is not the only thing that matters. It is not that marriages last longer, but there are more people who would rather be on their own. The increase in divorces and separations is not justified.

We must first look at young people and singles to find the answers. They are the ones living in half of these households. It is becoming more common for people to be very happy with themselves, despite having a negative view of loneliness. It is not common for people to choose a lonely life. According to the INE in Andalusia more than half of the population are single. However, the distribution between the sexes is uneven: 210,000 men are living here while 135,000 women are. These households also include widowers, the second largest group. There are 193,000 men and 43,100 women. The differences between married couples who live separately, separated and divorced, as well as those who live together, are smaller.

"In Spain, there has been a significant demographic and family shift over the past five decades." Juan Carlos Zubieta, sociologist, says that it is about cultural and social change with significant economic, social, and psychological implications.

The form of coexistence can vary from the extended and traditional family to multiple forms of family and coexistence. The 21st century citizen can choose from a variety of family and coexistence options. While the traditional family model of father, mother, and children is still predominant, more people are choosing to live alone. Zubieta says that it is a different vision of the world, and of the social relations and forms of life that exist today than the one of the past generation.

He cites the decline in marriage and birth rates as the main causes. The great geographic mobility makes it "difficult to maintain couple relationships." And the high value of individual freedom and independence in postmodern society. . Baltasar Rodriguez, the psychiatrist, observes that in addition to the loneliness that is "sought and desired", even worked on, which "inspires well being, serenity," there is another that "implies marginalization. Exclusion, distance, contempt of the norm, or even contempt of it: in other words, lack of social participation>>. All this comes at a cost.

It is not gender specific, it affects both men and women. This is a long-term effort that causes great wear and tear. It also reduces our intellectual capabilities. By attending to more needs, such as the defense our psychological balance, our resistance to effort decreases and emotional tension rises. Our impulse control is worse and our life expectancy decreases.

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