The Loneliness Epidemic
New York State is the fourth largest state in the United States of America in 2019 based on the latest projections, it has a population of 19.49 million. Surveys have found that loneliness, especially in big cities like New York, has been deemed an “epidemic” and those in the 18 to 34-year-old range are more likely to feel lonely often, to worry about feeling alone and to feel depressed because of loneliness than the over-55s.
So how is it possible in a city of almost 20 million people to feel alone?
Maybe it’s the relationship most people have with their iPhones, maybe it’s just the way our society has become more about online relationships than face-to-face. Still, even though you are literally surrounded by activity – planes in the air, subways below your feet, people lined up on sidewalks and streets full of bikes, ubers, taxis, buses – ”The City that Never Sleeps” seems to offer everything except what we need the most – connection.
Coliving to the Rescue:
In this sharing economy, the days where we pay to ride with strangers (Uber) where we forgo the water cooler and office synergy for solo and remote work in coffee shops and cafes, where we share bikes and rent rooms in people’s private homes (Airbnb), it would only make sense that coliving would be next. Some say that coliving is the solution to the problems caused by the housing crisis. At SharedEasy, we believe it is so much more than this.
While it is true that the housing crisis caused displacement and disruption in the market; however, NYC has long been known for its difficult, almost impossible, process for city dwellers to find a place to live. Qualifying income, complicated contracts, hefty deposits and the need for guarantors make New York one of the most difficult cities to find a place to live. We have experienced it first hand and we have met that challenge by providing a hassle-free rental process that allows people the opportunity to focus on their passion projects, their schooling, their jobs, their travel experience, their quality of life. By providing a “one-stop shopping” experience – you only need your suitcase and your big dreams.