Polygamy is more efficient than Nuclear Family
I’ve seen several articles lately in which two families have agreed to share the same household in order to pool financial resources and spread the burden of childcare without having to hire a nanny.
As the poverty gap widens, people will increasingly look for alternatives to the nuclear family, which is already under threat from divorce (which is currently just under 50% in most developed countries).
It stands to reason, then, that multiple families cohabiting makes a lot of sense. Even living within an extended family sounds more reasonable, especially when you factor in the costs of care for the elderly.
Will this result in a bunch of new family paradigms?
One possibility is that the super rich will have hareems, or polygamous relationships with multiple partners. A super-earner can support many partners and children, which is advantageous to both parties. Rather than having extra-marital affairs, new legal constructs could be devised to allow the same behaviour to continue without creating a “poverty class”.
The middle-class, on the other hand, will be forced to create family structures that support as many members as possible being in the workforce. Their close proximity to one another will open up new relationship opportunities.
If both of these constructs come to pass, then it is likely that polygamy will become fashionable. Not only will it indicate a higher social status, but it helps pool resources in new and clever ways.
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