For Ashley Gray, a 26-year-old web developer living

 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, her best time is in the e

vening, after a long and tiring day at work — and when she is alone.

“I will cook my own dinner – I can eat whatever I want, and I will go to the gym, then get beer

s and watch my favorite shows on Netflix,” said Gray, who has been single for about five years after brea

king up with her college boyfriend. “Or I can choose to hang out with my friends.”

She said she likes to be free to go with the flow and be respons

ible only for herself, and not having to compromise.

“I just feel like I’m happier and more myself [when I’m alone]

,” Gray said, adding she’s also busy trying to advance her career, so she doesn’t want to spend extr

a time on taking care of a partner or children if she gets into a relationship or gets married.

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