Houses have gotten bigger over time, but people haven't gotten any happier - thanks to social psychology. Our satisfaction is derived by social comparisons with our neighbors, and a cycle of one-upsmanship and social disconnection erodes our happiness.
The average new house is about 1,000 square feet bigger than it was 40 years ago—but Americans aren't any more satisfied with their homes. My latest for
Americans have an inferiority complex about the size of their houses, writes
Americans have an inferiority complex about the size of their houses, writes
Americans have an inferiority complex about the size of their houses, writes
Houses getting bigger, Americans not getting happier—median home size went from 1,500 sqft to 2,500 in 40 years, satisfaction with them went nowhere. Blame the Joneses ( has been pointing this out for a long time):
We love our big house—we’d just like it a lot more if the guy down the street had a smaller one.