I'm a fourth year PhD student in theoretical computer science. I'd like to stay in academia, so I'm thinking about how best to advance my career. Obviously the best way to do that is write lots of good papers, but another question is whether I should be trying to have more of those papers be single author.
So far I only have one single author paper (out of six). It's neither my best work, nor very recent. Is that a red flag when applying for postdoc or faculty positions? Should I try to have more single author papers?
This comes down to my approach to research. I like talking to people. I like telling people what I'm working on and, if they are interested, I'm keen to work with them. In other words, I'm very open to collaboration even when it isn't strictly necessary. Should I change that? That is, should I try to keep projects to myself more so that I end up with some single author papers?
Apologies if this question is off topic. I want to ask this question to people in my area, rather than on a general forum like academia.se. In particular, on all my papers, authors are ordered alphabetically. This makes single author papers a more important signal in TCS than in other areas, where author ordering conveys this information.