Being single in today’s society comes with upsides and downsides. When it comes to the cost of living, couple privilege is a real thing and it affects millions of single people.
Once you start thinking about it, it’s easy to notice many things in everyday life that are simply easier for couples than they are for single adults. It’s much cheaper to rent an apartment, it’s easier to shop for food, pay bills, book holidays, etc. Many of those things need to be done in the same way no matter if you’re single or in a relationship and sharing the load of work (and cost of things) with a significant other can significantly ease your life. The differences are even more drastic when you look at big life milestones like buying a house and having a baby.
Not being able to rent one or two-bedroom apartments by themselves, single people opt for having flatmates or living with their parents, which often makes them feel ashamed. We’re expected to achieve certain things by the time we’re in our thirties and those who haven’t checked off certain milestones can often be understated by others.