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Cohabitation for the Facebook Age

Jessica Reeder examines new methods of "coliving" cropping up in the Internet age, including the repurposing of McMansions into shared living for singles.

Reeder says, yes, "coliving" is a fancy word for having roommates, but with the growing number of single people in the U.S. and internet tools that allow those with like interests to find each other more efficiently, the model is more advanced.

Reeder writes: "Living alone may allow us to focus on our own goals without distraction, but it robs us of the type of communication that only happens when people are relaxed and at home together. The spaces between work and life - which, in decades past, would have been filled with conversations over the dinner table - are collapsing. Coliving hacks this trend, infusing the blurring boundaries of work and leisure with new opportunities for inspiration, learning, and social innovation."

Coliving is an outgrowth of the coworking movement, where solo entrepreneurs and freelancers share office space and collaborate.

Full Story: Hacking Home: Coliving Reinvents the Commune for a Networked Age


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