Magazine article Psychology Today

Brave New Digs

Magazine article Psychology Today

Brave New Digs

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THE MODERN HOME is a shapeshifter.

Single mothers are sharing houses; committed spouses are living separately. Solo "tiny home" occupants reside in the backyards of friends or family. Unrelated professionals split apartments long-term.

As more people put off (or swear off) marriage and children, nuclear-family households have declined to less than 20 percent of American homes. I n How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century, psychologist Bella DePaulo introduces some of the domestic experiments that are helping to fill the void. These new homes, many formed by groups of friends rather than discrete family units, present different answers to the challenge of how to create and delineate living space.

For singles, divorcées, retirees, and others, detached suburban houses can be both uneconomical and isolating, according to DePaulo. …

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