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Being Single: The Joys and Pressures

Today in Focus, Nosheen Iqbal, Michael Safi

5 mins

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This February 2022 episode of Today in Focus explores the increasing number of people staying single and the reasons behind the increasing desire to enjoy one's own company.


Being Single: The Joys and Pressures

Being Single: The Joys and Pressures

by Today in Focus


A short scroll through social media is all it takes to come across a post with the hashtag 'couple goals' — there are over 43 million on Instagram. But 'couple goals' isn't just a bragging right online; it exerts social and economic pressure. Despite various expectations to couple up and get married, more and more people are deciding to stay single. By ignoring the stigma, people are able to explore alternate ways of living and appreciate their own company.

'Being Single: The Joys (and Pressures)' is a February 2022 episode of The Guardian's podcast, Today in Focus. Hosted by Observer reporter Nosheen Iqbal and The Guardian international correspondent Michael Safi, Today in Focus explores the stories behind the headlines for a deeper understanding of the news. This episode is led by Iqbal as she is joined by writers Emma John, Poorna Bell, and Annie Lord to discuss their single life.

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Life is about all our connections and all our relationships and about finding meaning and joy in all of them.

- Emma John, author

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