I often ask African friends who have immigrated to America what most struck them when they arrived. Their answer is always a variation on a theme—the loneliness. It’s the empty suburban street in the middle of the day, maybe with a lone mother pushing a baby carriage on the sidewalk but nobody else around.David Brooks, Was the Nuclear Family a Mistake?
This article from David Brooks, Was the Nuclear Family a Mistake? is a fascinating read. He explains the various forces that took Americans from large extended families to nuclear families to blended families and eventually to no families at all. The whole thing is worth reading.