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Jakarta Post

Rise of Indonesian singletons

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 8 2019   /  12:36 am

The irritating question of “kapan kawin?” (when are you getting married?) is still asked by many nosy relatives of single people across the archipelago.

The intention might be good — to encourage their single relatives to start a family of their own — but a study has found that more and more Indonesians are enjoying their solo-living and completely ignore the never-ending question.

Puty Sonia is one of them. She has been living by herself for the last 13 years, since university.

At her apartment in Surabaya, East Java, the 32-year-old English teacher watched movies in her laptop Sunday afternoon as she waited for her meatball soup to boil for a late lunch and dinner.

“I hung out with my friends all day yesterday and decided to have more ‘me time’ today,” she said.

Puty, whose parents are divorced, said she would be really careful in deci...