Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | ePaper

Where do you feel at home?

"For a large number of people, home just doesn't feel like home anymore. We discovered a new behaviour, where people use a network of spaces and places, both within and beyond the four walls, as part of their homemaking experience," the report stated

  • Print


Weekend Plus Desk :
Gaius Plinius Secundus, a Roman philosopher better known as Pliny the Elder, once said, “Home is where the heart is.” Almost two thousand years later, it turns out IKEA’s fifth annual Life at Home Report is all set to add weight to the time-worn phrase by substantiating it with stats and facts.
“In the past two years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who say they feel more at home in places other than the space they live in,” the report stated.
Keeping in tune with their findings, the 2018 results revealed that 35 per cent of people feel more at home outside of where they actually reside, and this figure has risen sharply in urban areas.
Is the idea of a living space expanding?
Confirming that a lot of people don't feel at home in their own homes, the report stated, “For a large number of people, home just doesn't feel like home anymore. We discovered a new behaviour, where people use a network of spaces and places, both within and beyond the four walls, as part of their homemaking experience,” Macro Insights Leader at IKEA Group Maria Jonsson said in a press release. “We believe that this expanded notion of life at home gives people more opportunities to create the feeling of home, no matter where or how they live.”
So, if not their homes, where do people feel most comfortable in?
According to IKEA, 64 per cent of people around the world said they would prefer living in small houses in a great location to living in large residences in an ideal area less suited.
The study found that 44 per cent of people who reported feeling relaxed, content, and joyful in their homes see their neighbourhoods and communities as an extension of their homes, and 47 per cent noted that they seek out their communities for personal-growth opportunities.
“With home activities shifting between locations, it's clear that our neighborhoods and communities play an increasingly important role in our homemaking experiences. In some instances, they can provide us with more opportunities to create a better life at home than the space we live in,” the study explained.
What defines the feeling of comfort at home?
IKEA noted that there are five emotional needs that contribute to the feeling of home; “security - feeling safe and grounded, belonging - feeling like you're welcome and accepted in your community, comfort - being content and at ease in your surroundings, privacy - feeling in control of how you disconnect and reflect, and ownership - which isn’t necessarily about owning your home but rather having a sense of control over your living space.”
Be it a coffee shop you go to read your favourite book in or a neighbourhood you like to spend your after work hours in, it looks like Gaius Plinius Secundus was right. Home really is where the heart is.

More News For this Category

An evening of contemporary dance at Shilpakala Academy

An evening of contemporary dance at Shilpakala Academy

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :n evening of contemporary dance held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital’s Segunbagicha area recently. In light of the

Not eating enough fruit and grains is worse than too much meat

Not eating enough fruit and grains is worse than too much meat

Weekend Plus Desk :on’t feel bad about your $12 avocado toast. Have it on whole grain with a side of fruit, and consider your life lengthened. When governments urge

Screen time has little impact  on teen well-being

Screen time has little impact on teen well-being

Weekend Plus Desk : higher amount of screen time - which may involve gaming or watching TV - before bedtime may not have a direct impact on young people's mental

POEMS

Pure enough to smile at-Tahia TabassumHey! Come to me and hold my hand!We will be together where the place will be so vast to stand!Come to me with all

Poet, author, critic Charles Baudelaire

Poet, author, critic Charles Baudelaire

Literature Desk :harles Baudelaire was a French poet born on April 9, 1821, in Paris, France. In 1845, he published his first work. He gained notoriety for his 1857

Rokanuzzaman Khan Dadabhai

Rokanuzzaman Khan Dadabhai

Wakil Ahmed :okanuzzaman Khan, (9th April, 1925 -- 3rd December, 1999) journalist and founder of the children’s organisation, Kachi-Kanchar Mela (1965), was popularly known as 'Dadabhai'. He was born

Novelist Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay

Novelist Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay

Sirajul Islam :ankimchandra Chattopadhyay, (1838-1894) writer, journalist, government officer, was born in the village of Kanthalpara in the district of 24-Parganas, Paschimbango on 27 June 1838. He was the

Living in stressful neighbourhood is related  to ageing faster, according to research

Living in stressful neighbourhood is related to ageing faster, according to research

Weekend Plus Desk :iving in a stressful neighbourhood is related to ageing faster, according to new research using telomeres as a marker for biological ageing. Telomeres are part of

‘Sugar rush’  may be  a myth: Study

‘Sugar rush’ may be a myth: Study

Weekend Plus Desk :he idea of ‘sugar rush’ - a state of hyperactivity after consuming too many sweets - is a myth, claim scientists who found that sugar makes

More children are ingesting foreign objects

More children are ingesting foreign objects

Weekend Plus Desk :ccording to a new study, more and more children are consuming foreign objects like toys, marbles and coins. The report, that has been published in the