Ashley Handlin new york October 21, 2015
Most people who live here, from my experience, are miserable. We put out a great PR campaign though. There's something VERY isolating about this city - the people are not terribly friendly and I say that as a native who has lived and traveled elsewhere. You could theoretically be on house arrest and have all the comforts of the outside world delivered to you - food, groceries, prescriptions, clothes, etc - and never have to leave.
Also on top of that, in American culture we dump our sick, disabled, and elderly in nursing homes to rot under the subpar care of woefully underpaid aides. Families rarely visit their elderly relatives. It's a major cultural problem, one that was brought to light to me by friends of ethnicities where the culture is the opposite and it's normal for multiple generations to live together. Here it's normal for single people to live alone, if they can afford it.