Americans and Western Europeans are going to have to switch to a new paradigm. If you look at a lot of the immigrants who come to our countries, they live in multigenerational households - many people under the same roof. That is because in the poor countries they come from, it simply is not financially pragmatic for each individual person to be able to afford their own separate living space. Not even their own car, in some cases. When one has to make due with less, you have to share. This flies in the face of traditional American culture that values independence, and expects young adults to be able to go off on their own and get their own place. This may not be something the economies in Western countries can support any more. Americans/Westerners will have to adapt or perish. Family cohesion is going to have to start becoming more important, and families are going to have to find a way for everyone to live in harmony under the same living area. Because the alternative may be poverty and homelessness. I could relate to you countless anecdotal accounts that demonstrate this. There was a mansion on my grandma's street, formerly built by a Maharaja that had fled from India in the 40s, fearing for his safety. Many decades later, the character of the entire neighborhood and city had changed. Most of the white people and middle class had left. Many parts of the city looked like a miniature version of Mexico, there was visible homelessness on the streets and poverty. (This was long before the 2007 Recession before it was common to see homelessness like that) So who would buy and live in this mansion? Well, it turns out, sometime around 1990, four Vietnamese brothers, all them doctors, decided to get together and live in the mansion. This seems odd from an American perspective. If you are well off, typically the last thing you do is keep living with your extended family in the same house. But for the Vietnamese, this was a common thing to do, they were very accustomed to that living arrangement. Their elderly mother lived with them too. If it had not been for those four Vietnamese doctors deciding to buy the mansion and live together, it stretches the mind to be able to imagine who else would have been able and willing to buy the place. And I seriously doubt four brothers from an American family would have been able to get along all living in the same house. Remember, each of these brothers had a wife, and their own immediate families. In the local apartment complexes, it was very common for Mexican immigrants to jam pack the place. In several of the small two bedroom apartments, there were 10 people living there. Two bunk beds in each tiny room, and someone else sleeping on a fold out couch. There was one 2-bedroom apartment where 6 Chinese men were living together. And again to emphasize, these were just standard apartments on the small side. In some situations, there wasn't enough room for beds in each room, so the immigrants slept on mats on the floor. Now, one might ask, didn't the leasing office have a problem with this? Well, no, the rent levels were very high. Basically by allowing so many persons to live in each unit, they could get higher rent levels. In these days, and especially in many parts of the country, young adults cannot really afford to move out on their own into an apartment anymore. It just simply is not financially realistic, or sustainable. Some of them who do try only make it for a limited period of time before they are forced to boomerang back their parent's house. The younger generation is squeezed between high housing costs and low wages. I have seen more than a few homeless young people around where I live. I think the problem is we are applying conventional American expectations of the past onto the present. We have to adapt to the present reality, if our families and offspring are to perpetuate. And we have some very good examples to look at, with the Hispanic and Vietnamese immigrants. It's time we face facts. Instead of putting your old mother into a nursing home, she is going to be sleeping next to you in the same bedroom. That is what immigrant families do. And that is illustrative of one of the type of things they do to save money. Or when your aging father gets too old to work, he will live at your house and watch your small children. That way you don't have to pay for childcare. These American ideas of independence and moving out of your family are not going to work anymore. Instead of complain, adapt.