Americans are spending more time at home, according to energy science and policy journal Joule. Researchers found that, on average, Americans spent 7.8 more days at home in 2012, compared to 2003. The lifestyle shift was especially pronounced among 18- to 24-year-olds, who spent an extra 14 days at home and roughly four days less in transit. More professionals working from home ordering groceries and other mail-order consumables translates into less driving, but also less person-to-person interaction on the day-to-day. Our sense is that these data are valid and point to a trend. Technology is clearly making certain routine life functions redundant. Here is our line of thinking: We also believe that, generally, anti-social behavior promotes more anti-social behavior. Less person-to-person interaction means more single-occupant households; this could translate into a lower incidence of travel - our consumer data show that those engaged in relationships tend to travel more.
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