Living with roommates looks like fun on TV. But it can be trickier in real life. Around one-third of working-age adults (23 to 65 years old) share an apartment with someone they aren't related to, and could they tell you stories about their experiences!
On the upside, a roommate is someone to share with – expenses, conversation, and social life, for example.
On the other hand…
Based on a survey of more than 2,000 U.S. renters, the rental web site Abodo.com compiled a list of the biggest downsides of living with a roommate. Answers varied by gender and state, but some of the most offensive behaviors cited included stealing, disrespecting guests, not cleaning up after pets, and breaking something without fixing or replacing it. Not paying the rent – on time or at all – was high on the list, but less surprising than some of the other offenses.
In many cases, fingers also could be wagged at the ones who complained – because they admitted to (at least some) bad behavior as well. Being messy, leaving dirty dishes, eating their roommate's food, and using their roommate's soap, shampoo, or razor were some of the most common.
Sharing a home would be easier all around if roommates follow the Golden Rule: "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."
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