How The Latest Millennial Trend Is Just A Copy of the Middle Ages
This year's latest trend is... Middle Ages
In today's age of various throwback trends, where nostalgia rules and fashion forward drools, plenty of Millennials are reaching back in time to muster up modes from yesteryear. Who knew the generations most prominent and economically conscience trend comes form ye olde The Middle Ages. This trend actually has a lot do with how millennials are posting up under their roofs.
The Middle Ages were a period that saw houses that acted as gathering places for small groups of residents that were constant coming in and out of a revolving door. Houses weren't these places that people grew up in and not thought about when you reflected on your childhood, they just acted as shelter-- the place you rested your head for the night. So it wasn't uncommon toes many people come and go. Historian John Gillis described in his 1997 book A World of Their Own Making: Myth, Ritual, and the Quest for Family Values, people in medieval Europe living with various friends and extended family. Single-family households weren't common in the rest of the world and it wasn't until 12 century Western Europe that households became centered around monogamous couples and the children that they were rearing.
Those houses still didn't exactly mirror the nuclear families we're so used to seeing today, parents and their children shared their homes with various townspeople, orphans, unrelated elderly people, widows, poor people, servants, boarders, long-term visitors, friends, and other relatives— think the Camden family from "7th Heaven", guys.
While the essential part of living the American Dream had long involved two parents, their children all under one roof with a white picket fence in the forefront, that looks is changing as millennial embrace the world of shared spaces, cohabitation, AirBNB and craigslist roommate listings. Silicon Valley sees hundreds of millennial living together in shared spaces called hacker houses where dozens of computer programmers bunk together as they work at start-ups or develop their own projects. A website called CoAbode gathers together single mothers who want to raise children as a group (think of the african proverb: (it takes a village to raise a child"). But it doesn't just stop in the the tech hub of the world. In Los Angeles, about a dozen young adults have gathered together to live in a "cooperative community" household called Synchronicity LA where art and music are made, chores are divided up and communal meals are made four days a week.
The shared spaces offer young adults who year for their own homes and shared communities to finally do so. In addition to building a strong sense of community, the shared spaces also allow for two big cost savers: time and money. Here, individuals share the chores of making meals, looking after children, cleaning and paying rent. Not a bad deal.