CRIB CRI­SIS

Men's Folio (Singapore) - - Features -

The rise of sin­gle­dom con­tin­ued into the 21st cen­tury, but thanks to a dec­i­mated econ­omy, the bach­e­lor’s iden­tity re­gressed from con­fi­dent Lothario to im­per­ti­nent man- child. Os­ten­ta­tious pads no longer served as home-sized props with the in­tent of daz­zling ladies, but in­stead be­came an ex­ten­sion of the in­hab­i­tant’s ac­tiv­i­ties – the new breed of bach­e­lor isn’t as pre­oc­cu­pied with hook­ing up as he is with his hob­bies. Just take su­per­hero bil­lion­aire play­boys Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne: One spends most of his time in a cut­ting- edge work­shop tin­ker­ing with var­i­ous Iron Men; the other lives in an un­der­ground bat cave rid­dled with tech toys for his nightly es­capades. Even the fa­mous shared rooms of Sher­lock Holmes and Dr Wat­son were a com­bi­na­tion din­ing room, in­ter­view room, lab­o­ra­tory, and li­brary.

Speak­ing of shared rooms, an in­creas­ing num­ber of young bach­e­lors are pool­ing re­sources to live to­gether in com­mu­nal apart­ments. These pads of­ten feel like a con­tin­u­a­tion of col­lege frat life, equipped with video game con­soles, beer kegs, and pool ta­bles to pro­long the care­free ado­les­cent life­style. Bach­e­lor pads are now stereo­typed as be­ing jock­ishly messy, with dirty dishes and clothes strewn about – a far cry from the in­dul­gent digs dur­ing the Golden Age of the bach­e­lor – and while there are still sleek, mod­ern apart­ments for sin­gle men, the as­pi­ra­tional no­tion of bach­e­lor­hood has cer­tainly di­min­ished.

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