2) The second group is by choice where it is due to their independent character, they felt there is no need to interact with others and chose to live alone.
There are more Singaporeans who are single, widowed or divorced living alone. The proportion of one-person resident households has doubled from 4.6 per cent of all households in 1992 to 9.5 per cent in 2012. The Department of Statistics Population Trends 2013 report showed that in 2012 there were 109,500 such households compared to 1992 where there were only 32,400 households (Tan, 2014). They chose to live alone and did not plan for marriage when they were young. They felt comfortable living alone, so they probably decided to move out of the house in order to avoid any conflicts with the family (Thang & Emily, 2012).
One example is Auntie Yasmin. She is an elderly who is highly educated and financially independent. When she was young, her focus was on her career and she has been living alone by herself for so many years. She felt comfortable even when she grew old, as she is able to depend on her own and there is no need for her to interact with others. At times, she may feel like talking to someone but lack the motivation and means to build meaningful relationships. She does not know how to interact with other people and she is also afraid of being lonely and fearful of ageing alone (Leapforgood, 2016).
The other example is former odd-job worker, Mr Wong Ah Kiong age 74. For more than thirty years, he has lost touch with his ex-wife and three children after his divorce. He is the only person around as his parents and siblings have passed away. Currently, he is depending on government’s public assistance scheme of $450 per month and rented a one room flat from housing board at the rate of $33 per month. He mentioned that even if his siblings are still alive he would not be able to live with them as he was not closed to them and he is used to living alone. (Tan, 2014).