According to the research there are 7 million people living alone in the England and the number is projected to increase to around 9 million by 2021. One of the reasons is that our lives have become less household-oriented and more independent than previous generations.
With the solo living increasing rapidly, the odd of eating alone grows. Due to the research from The NPD group, over 50% of eating and beverage occasions they eat alone. This also affects the market. There are many products for single household emerged and lots of one portion size food are produced especially the fast food(ready-made food). From Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that single spend 47% of their money on food prepared away from home. Nationally…amounting to more than £10 billion each year being spent on sandwiches, chips, burgers, curries and other fast-food from small independent outlets (Heart of Mersey, 2011).
Eating alone is enjoyable to eat whatever you want and whenever you need. Nobody can judge you if there are any unconventional approaches to food. Of course, solo eating can also mean guzzling down greasy fast food while in traffic, plopped in front of the television, or at a desk.
Therefore, eating alone is increasing the loneliness in a way. But if you eat alone a fair amount, it’s possible that once and a while you wish you had some companionship with your meal. Photographer Miho Aikawa captured people eating dinner, often solo, at their dining tables, beds or couches and usually looking at their TVs, smart phones or laptops. “When I first saw the photos, I remember feeling kind of sad for these people who looked so bored eating alone, but they really do show the way we live now.”