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Modern day living arrangements - good or bad for mental health?

House Gregg Easterbrook points out in his book, The Progress Paradox, that today almost 70% of Americans own their own places of dwelling while only 20% did a century ago when most Americans were tenants.

Further, houses have gotten significantly bigger in the last 50 years with the average house growing from 1,100 sq. feet in the 50s to twice that size today with upgrades common like central air, two car or three car garages, swimming pools, inground gas grills, jacuzis and hot tubs being common place.

Easterbrook points out that the greatest growth in the housing market has not been the palatial mansions of the rich and famous but rather the beautiful, comfortable homes of the middle class.

In addition, all of this has been happening at the same time that family size has been shrinking and most Americans can have their own individual living space if they want it rather than having to share.

From a mental health point of view it is unclear whether this move to individualized living space is a good thing or not. While it provides privacy, independence, and autonomy, it also increases lonliness, isolation, and withdrawal from social relations.

At any rate, living situations today, by any standard are far more luxurious and rich than anyone could have imagined 50 or 60 years ago let alone 100. It is indeed ironic that these richly appointed living spaces for the contemporary generation has obtained the regressive appellation "my crib", as in "would you like to come over to my crib, man?"


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