They’re among more than 1.3 million Australians, or around 8% of all Australians, who are single.
And the numbers are growing.
In a recent survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, women aged 18-24 said they were single at the start of the year, up from 2.7% in 2016.
But a study by research firm Nielsen and the ABC revealed that single women are less likely to be married than are married women and older women.
The survey also revealed that in 2016, the proportion of women aged 25-34 who were single was 16.3% compared with 16.8% for men.
The numbers for people aged 35-49 are even more dramatic, with just 12.4% of people aged 18 to 34 living alone, compared with 24.5% of men.
“The challenge is that you have to balance a lot of things.
On the one hand you want to have the flexibility of wanting to have a relationship but on the other hand you don’t necessarily want to feel that pressure to be single,” said Dr Alisha Copley, a professor of public health and social policy at the University of NSW, and co-author of the study.”
You’re not really sure whether you’re going to be able to have that.””
People are really used to having the expectation that you’re not going to find a partner.
You’re not really sure whether you’re going to be able to have that.”
Dr Copleys research also found that single Australians aged between 35 and 49 were less likely than married Australians to have been in a relationship for at least 10 years.
Dr Coughlin said many people who had been single were also reluctant to seek help for their depression, anxiety and loneliness.
“They may be struggling with the depression and anxiety and depression and loneliness that comes with being single, and they’re not aware of the options for support that there are,” she said.
“So they’re really struggling with how to go about getting help for that.”
The report also found people with mental health issues were more likely to live alone.
“It’s pretty common that people with a mental health condition are also single,” Dr Copleyn said.
She said there were also barriers to accessing help for depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
“If you’re struggling with depression, you might be at higher risk of suicide, and self-harming and suicidal ideation,” she added.
“A lot of these behaviours are quite common in young people and young women.”
Dr Pugh said it was important for people to get support for their mental health needs, but there were “real barriers to getting support for that”.
“A significant number of young people have not received support from their families or carers because they don’t feel like they’re ready to get the support that they need, which is why they’re choosing to be alone,” she noted.
“Young people have a real sense of isolation and isolation is one of the reasons that people get into trouble in the first place.”
Dr Brierley said many young people would not be able support themselves if they were living alone.
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