IELTS Task 2 Writing: Living alone

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Living alone

In some societies, more and more people are choosing to live on their own.
What are the reasons people choose to do this?
Is it a positive or negative trend?

A striking difference between traditional and modern societies is that an increasing number of people are now choosing to live alone. This essay analyses the causes behind this trend and reflects on the benefits and disadvantages of solo living.

There are three main factors that may have caused the rise. The most obvious one is simply that many people can now afford to do it. The development of welfare states has created equal access to high-paying jobs, with both men and women being now able to live independent, fulfilling lives, and many of them choosing to further their career before starting a family. Some of these professionals work in multinational companies that offer not only bigger pay-checks, but also opportunities to live in foreign countries, and such lifestyle does not encourage settling down. Another driving force behind this trend represents cultural changes. While traditional societies put an emphasis on social responsibility and family, many modern-day cultures centre on individual happiness. This shift in focus has also triggered a more relaxed view on divorce, allowing those trapped in dysfunctional families to summon the courage to move out and start living on their own. Finally, developments in communication technology such as video-calls and instant messaging have made living alone a more bearable choice.

The rise in solo living has been somewhat good for the society because it has led to improved standards of living. Because more people live alone, there has been an increase in the need for houses. On the one hand, housing projects have helped create new jobs, and on the other, they further contributed to the development of cities. Living alone is also financially advantageous for individuals because it is cheaper to manage single households. However, all this has come at a price, since urban sprawl also means fewer parks to relax and unwind. In addition to providing insufficient green space, cities are now a major source of stress due to increased traffic. Then, there is loneliness, as social media and technology cannot completely fulfill the need for human interaction. Finally, the absence of parks, loneliness and stress can lead to depression and unhappiness, and these can have a devastating effect both on individuals and on the society, making the positive aspects of living alone seem pale in comparison with the losses.

In conclusion, there are several factors that have contributed to the rise in solo living, including financial freedom, cultural changes, and the development of communication technology. While this trend has brought about economic growth, the harmful effects that it might cause on the society in the long run clearly outweigh its positive aspects. 

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