Think your place is small? Maybe you should think again. According to the BBC, average floor space of newly built homes (in this case, 2003-2006) in America far outdo any country with the exception of Australia, clocking in at about three times the square footage of places built in the U.K.
Or, converted for square footage by Apartment Therapy:
You’ll not that the U.K. is not only far behind the U.S., it’s also building the smallest places in Europe. This from the country with which we most closely identify.
Conversely, this map from Worldmapper suggests that although we’re building bigger places than anyone else, we can’t justify with large families (this is a map of total children in the world, distributed by country):
And if you think sharing with a couple roommates is more than you can bear, keep in mind that the rest of the word does it too—and not just in their young, broke twenties. Iraq ranks as having the largest households in the world, an average of almost 8 people per home. Central America holds the number one spot for world regions, with an average of 5 people per household across the entire area. Check out the graphic below, and notice that North America has the third most privacy of any region in the world (at least in their homes, we can’t vouch for their computers).
Moral of the story? There’s always another perspective. And the next time you’re feeling really put-upon by the size of your bathroom, be happy you don’t share it with 7 others.