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Room for thought:

The average parking space is bigger than the average child's room.

@fribbledom cars were a mistake and i dread places built for them rather than people. i couldnt live in most of usa
@caseyp @xenome @fribbledom Canada is basically the same. And where I live our drivers are well known for being absolutely retarded. Worsened by snow.

It's horrible.

@shinkaiheigen

Yeah, but everything's relative there. I don't have any data for Japan, but I assume their average child's room is even smaller.

@fribbledom either big parking spaces or small rooms not sure which

@revolverocelot

I'm in the middle of gathering this kind of info for countries all across the globe.

I should have been clearer in my original toot, though: this is referencing the average space per child (so average room size divided by people) in Europe.

@fribbledom ahh yeah cause the idea of poor children having a room to themselves is just alien to me

@revolverocelot @fribbledom Honestly, I see suburban American houses on YouTube and TV and I'm like "How the shit can anyone afford that in the first place?"

Like, I live in a 2009 build two floor detached house and any of those behemoths would still dwarf it. O.o

@Jo @fribbledom heh a lot of those aren't affordable is the thing. As I told someone else, after I hit a certain age I had to sleep on the couch cause we couldn't fit two kids into the back room anymore.

@fribbledom @revolverocelot
At least include the median in your metrics too. Averaging everything becomes increasingly meaningless when you average too much.

@fribbledom I don't think I've ever had a room smaller than a parking space. Does that include dividing the space by the number of people living in the room?

@gudenau @fribbledom when i was a kid i shared with my sister then she ousted me and i slept on the couch

@gudenau @fribbledom yeah it was a futon couch so my back is permanently fucked up now

@gudenau @fribbledom A normal parking space is around 10ft x 20ft, yr many people I know have rooms much smaller, eg: 12ft × 12ft.

@gudenau

The average space in Europe is apparently 12sqm (130sqft) per child, which is slightly smaller than the average parking space.

(So yes, that means dividing the room by people)

@61

I know the page, but I'm not quite sure what you're trying to tell me. There's clearly no correlation between the two, but that doesn't mean you can compare their average sizes.

@fribbledom
But why? The average woollen sock is also smaller than the average galaxy and et cetera ad infinitum. Maybe it is I who missed something? 🤔

@61

Space being a limited resource (in some countries/cities more than in others), I think it's a very fascinating insight into how we value cars and what we deem reasonable.

@fribbledom

Looks to me like you are reading too much into random things. 🙂 Besides which, from an engineering point of view it stands to reason that a space designed to contain a machine designed as a means of personal conveyance would need to be larger than a space designed as a resting area for a single, small person.

Also, cars look deceptively small. They would be a bit of a squeeze in many a house's living room.

@fribbledom

Btw, I bet five generations ago people were already discussing how big their stables were compared to the rest of the house.

@61

I'm really not reading anything into this. This is merely an observation. You may draw your own conclusions.

@fribbledom it is harder to make a car than a baby, so I think it is OK.

@fribbledom Have you read The Traffic Power Structure by Planka.nu

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