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We are more or less dependent on each other nowadays?

lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
People have different views about wether we are more or less dependent on others nowadays. In my view, modern life forces us to be more independent than people were in the past.

There are two main reasons why it could be argued that we are more dependent on each other now. Firstly, life is more complex and difficult, especially because cost of living has increased so dramatically. For example, young adults tend to rely on their parents for help when buying a house. Property prices are higher than ever, without help it would be impossible for many people to pay a deposit and a mortgage. Secondly, people seem to be more ambitious nowadays, and they want a better quality of life for their families. This means that both parents usually need to work full-time, and they depend on support from grandparents and babysitters for child care.

However, I would agree that we are more independent now. In most countries, families are becoming smaller and more dispersed, which means that people can not count on relatives as much as they uesed to. We also have more freedom to travel and live far away from our home towns. For example, many students choose to study abroad instead of going to their local university, and this experience makes them more independent as they learn to live alone. Another factor in growing independence is technology, which allows us to work alone and from any part of the world.

In conclusion, while there are reasons to believe people now depend on each other more, in my view we are more independent than ever.

Comments

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    I have always been very independent @lisa so I am not sure I am very well qualified to comment on this!
  • lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2017
    Do you sometimes feel lonely, isolation or alienation? @mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    Not really @lisa as I am very active so I am usually meeting lots of people. But then when I want some peace and quiet, I'm more than happy to spend time on my own.
  • lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
    edited December 2017
    It is surely that you can enjoy anytime by yourself@mheredge, which is the best condition of one person, in my mind. Most people can not tolerate the loneliness, for example, most Chinese older people do not want to spend their last time on healthcare centre which is particularly for older ones, because they prefer to stay with their families, in fact their children are busy with their own lives, and they do not have enough time to stay with their old parents together, which means the older parents have to spend most of time by themselves.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    @lisa I can imagine that some old people's homes would be great fun if you have a bunch of friends there where you can be sociable with and not have to worry about living alone. When I'm old and can't get around easily by myself, I certainly don't think I would be against the idea of finding a nice place ideally in a warm place!
  • lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
    @mheredge Most of their friends are too old to move freely, which means most of time they have to stay at home, for example, my grandma has to stay at room all her time, and the neighbours of her age have passed away, which means most of her time she is alone, because my parents have to work outside.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    My grandmother was housebound and went into a home, but she got to see the other residents. They had meals together and could visit each other's rooms, so I think they weren't too alone @lisa.
  • lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
    Your grandmother lives happy retirement life, on the contrary, my grandmother can not move freely, so she has to spend almost all her life lonely. It is a pity but no one can deal with it.@mheredge
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    edited December 2017
    Are there no older people like her who can socialise with @lisa? My mother is 88 and she goes to a weekly yoga class (for elderly). She lives in her own apartment by herself so has the potential to be very alone and is now deaf. However she is lucky in that she can still get around, even if with a stick and quite slowly now.
  • lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
    Unfortunately she can not move as she like, which makes her unable to visit others and the olders, the same age with her, are few in our neighbourhood, what is worse, some friends of her have passed away in the recent years@mheredge. TV is her unique best friend now.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    edited January 4
    My mother commented on how at her age, all her old friends are one by one dying off @lisa. I have had a few friends die, though from illnesses when they weren't very old. Apart from a few old relatives, I only know about four people who died of old age.
  • lisalisa Posts: 744 ✭✭✭
    Are your mother living alone? @mheredge I think maybe I will go to the health centre when I am old, because there will be lots of people who are the same age with me there.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 29,202 mod
    My mother is very independent and doesn't want to live in a home for old people. Like you @lisa, when I get old I quite like the idea of being with others and not having to worry about things so much.
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