Kerry McKittrick (32) is a freelance journalist and owns her own home in Belfast. She says: "I think living alone has given me a greater sense of self. I don't have to adapt to anyone else which means I know what kind of person I am and what my limitations are.
"I've lived on my own, on and off, since I was 22 and I love it. I can have my boyfriend stay over and don't have to ask anyone if they mind.
"I can get up early or stay out late and if all I want to have for dinner is hummus, pitta bread and a prawn cocktail -- then that's fine, no one's there to judge me. I never have to wait on the bathroom and when I'm in there I don't even have to close the door!
"My house is full of books and splashes of red and reflects me totally -- it's not compromised by anyone else's tastes.
"I have a busy social life and I'm always out with friends or busy with work. Just because I live alone doesn't make me a loner.
"If I did end up living on my own long-term, it wouldn't bother me. I'd rather be on my own and happy than attached and miserable."