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Suburbia is Intoxicating | Sam Debatin | Mon 14 Feb 2022 11:15:42 AM EST

I spent this weekend staying in a house in Columbus, in the suburb of Worthington, Ohio. I had never been to a real suburb house (except for the gated community my cousins live in in California, which is its own story...), so it was fascinating to experience what a real McMansion is like on the inside.1 This place was like a time capsule from the 1990s. Every room had its own tv, lifted straight from 1995.

Despite adamently opposing suburban lifestyles all my life, I couldn't help but feel strangely comforted staying there. And yes, it was the fact the house was large and carpeted and cushy (and also nostalgic to some degree), but it was really the silence. Every room was so quiet -- you could just find your nook and sit there. If you didn't want to be around people, you could just move to another room and feel like you were in a whole different house.

This isn't to say that I'm going to up and move to suburbia, but I think it made me realize how distracting and mind-boggling living somewhere crowded is. I think I'm very sensitive to noises, even if it's just car noise from outside. It made my head feel clear and uncluttered to have almost no outside noise filtering in. On the other hand, I can see how that would also be disconcerting after a while -- there is nobody on the street, no sidewalks, no sense of people gathering or wandering around.

TL;DR: I like the peace and quiet, but is that justified or just antisocial behavior?


1. As seen as on McMansion Hell