In many countries today, people in cities either live alone or in small family units, rather than in large family groups. Is this a positive or negative trend?
It is true that urban citizens now tend to live individually or in nuclear families rather than extended ones. In my view this trend has both positive and negative effects.
One the one hand, this development can be extremely positive for two main reasons. Living alone or in a nuclear family, people can have more freedom in doing what they want without disturbing other family members, especially those who are from different generations and have different lifestyles. Young people, for example, prefer eating fast food and listening to loud, upbeat music while the elderly are keen on traditional meals, and soft relaxing music. Living separately would, therefore, give them opportunities to satisfy their needs and avoid conflicts that often occur within extended families, leading to a more fulfilling life. Furthermore, living in a smaller family, parents have more time to care for their children and each other, thereby strengthening their relationships.
On the other hand, staying away from other family members may have some harmful affects. Some people find it difficult to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life taking into consideration the fact that they live away from their family members. Young people sometimes feel depressed and even develop a sense of isolation when they do not have their parents and siblings beside them to help them out and give them advice. Living alone or in small families also discourages people from cooking or doing exercise since they might not have someone who can share the same interest. Plus, one of life’s greatest joys is usually found in shared experiences with family, and if staying alone cannot bring them many of such experiences, that would be a negative aspect of it.
In conclusion, it seems to me that living alone or in a small family can bring people both benefits and drawbacks.