Sololand: Introduction (03:26)
In the world's largest cities, one in three adults are single and living a solitary lifestyle. Experts and singles discuss the way society has changed regarding relationships. The phenomena of living solo is an irreversible process which is changing family structures.
Independence of Single Life (04:52)
Marie-Claude lives alone and believes intimate relationships are often rushed; the only issue of single life unfulfilled sexual needs. Sylvie says many single men are intimidated by her successful, independent lifestyle. Psychotherapist Kathy Berliner explains singles should not organize their lives in typical cultural milestones.
Cougar Dating (03:09)
Elspeth Sage created her popular dating website cougardate.com for women seeking relationships with younger men. She gives a detailed description of what a cougar is and how she behaves in the world of dating.
Forming Relationships (02:54)
The single lifestyle developed within industrialized nations beginning in Scandinavia, spreading to other large metropolitan areas. In 1945, only 5% of people lived alone; that figure is now 33%.
Love Coaching (03:08)
In New York, a meeting of Singles in Suburbia takes place. Love Coach Robin Gorman Newman explains that clients come to her for help with navigating the difficulties of dating. Newman goes through a session with a client.
Creating Personal Space (03:38)
Community space was destroyed by the industrial revolution as families began turning inward; eventually domestic space became private. Personal space became important to individuals as society became more individualistic and independent. Rudolf divorced his wife and is now dating multiple women while also taking care of his young daughter.
Stages of Life (04:30)
Sherry has not allowed her singleness to hold her back from living a successful, independent life. Often, older men want to have a relationship with a younger woman making it difficult for older women to find a partner; the couple is no longer central to the modern family model.
Not Looking for Prince Charming (05:04)
Bast separated from her husband and began to casually date; she enjoys being in a relationship, but highly values personal living space. Bruce attends a speed dating event and explains that modern women in New York look for thrilling relationships.
Traditional Values (07:53)
Claude Cossette claims advertising agencies make money by selling an unattainable, ideal lifestyle to consumers. Berliner says it is important for singles to recognize they are single, but not to think they will never get married. Friends with benefits relationships are highly valued among the cougar community.
Rules of Dating (08:42)
Happy hours on Thursday nights are typical times for singles to mingle and meet a potential romantic partner; a young man refers to the process as a game with strict, unspoken rules. Marie-Claude has a strong network of friends that makes her feel part of a community.
Future of Human Relationships (02:58)
Society is going through a process of change where the basis of a family unit is an independent individual rather than a couple. Many believe society requires a new type of relationship. Psychologically, people have begun to seen domestic life as unfulfilling and idealistic.
Credits: Sololand (02:03)
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