Roommate Not Required: On Choosing to Share A Space Just For Fun

Roommate Not Required: On Choosing to Share A Space Just For Fun

Jennifer Hunter
Feb 19, 2015
(Image credit: Chris Perez)

This Onion article entitled "Man Must Be Living With Roommates By Choice At This Point" made me laugh recently because haven't we all had that one friend who seems to be still living with roommates just to get some company?

I get it. It's fun to hang with your friends...up to a point. But aren't even the best of friends also kind of grateful that they get to go their separate ways at the end of the day?

Perhaps it's an age thing. If you've always shared a home — first with family, then perhaps away at school — it probably seems natural to seek a roommate when you begin your adult life. And, of course, splitting the rent is often a fact of life. But what about a few years down the road when financial circumstances have changed?

Money aside, is it worth it to put up with the usual roommate annoyances in order to stave off coming home to an empty house? Do you want to have a built-in buddy to have a beer with on a random Tuesday night? Sure, you can share the housework and split the delivery charges on dinner, but then again it probably cramps your style in the walking-around-naked department. So, I guess it's a toss up.

Where do you stand? Would you (do you) have a roommate just for fun?

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