Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
It's one of those super-extended families - there are grandparents, parents, kids, great-grand-kids, dogs, maids etc all living there. I often see them when I walk past in the evenings at dinner-time, they use two large dining tables (unless they're doing the barbecue thing in the gardens, then they just sit around). There should be 10+ people living there.
That's how many Asians would do it, if they could afford it.
I think there are many benefits to living like this, if you are very family oriented (and don't mind everybody in your business). I think the problem is when adults kids are still living with mom and dad AND financially dependent on them, or taking advantage of them.
I read that '"Mammoni" is what the Italians are calling their spoiled sons, who stay home for mom's cooking, laundry service, and cheap or nonexistent rent. Although high unemployment in Italy is a factor, many of these men do work and date, but they won't leave home or marry. There's a problem in the US too, with grown kids, sometimes with a brood of their own kids, basically freeloading off the folks. And the economy is making it worse.