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(Nature)   Scientists agree, you'd have to be crazy to live in the city   (nature.com) divider line 17
    More: Interesting, Institute of Psychiatry, urban decay, stress response, social isolation, genetic predisposition, Ronald Kessler, Heidelberg, fMRI  
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2012-10-10 07:26:41 PM  
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I have to wonder if you're more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness in cities because you're more likely to have access to mental health care in a city?
2012-10-10 07:26:39 PM  
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I split my time 50-50 between city and semi-rural. I have to admit, the older I get (mid-30s) the more I like the country. I can go a month without having an emergency vehicle pass in front of the house. I could leave house and cars unlocked. Fewer crazy people, no homeless, no traffic and clean air.

And most of all, I sleep a lot better.
2012-10-11 06:05:24 AM  
1 votes:

nmemkha: What urban dwellers really should fear is an extended break down in infrastructure. Cities are natural food and water deserts packing millions of people into tiny areas. Should our societies ever break down to the point that our "just-in-time" food delivery infrastructure is disrupted for an extended period of time, we could see suffering on an unprecedented scale.


But not for you, you live in the country. The city folk will just sit in their apartments with their hunger pangs, patiently waiting for the sweet embrace of death, not descending on your farm as a raping, pillaging horde.
Nah, you'll be fine.
2012-10-11 05:06:56 AM  
1 votes:

nmemkha: What urban dwellers really should fear is an extended break down in infrastructure. Cities are natural food and water deserts packing millions of people into tiny areas. Should our societies ever break down to the point that our "just-in-time" food delivery infrastructure is disrupted for an extended period of time, we could see suffering on an unprecedented scale.


This. Basic survival in a city is entirely dependent on an enormously complex system of supply,, support, communication, and enforced order. Nearly all food is brought in from elsewhere. Water supplies and waste removal requires actively maintained systems. Social order is enforced, and all of this depends of instantaneous communication. Look at what happens in cities any time one of these is interrupted. A blizzard closes roads used to supply food, power outage cuts off traffic lights, internet, refrigerators (both residential and commercial), etc. A riot takes law enforcement attention away from common crime, which in turn, skyrockets. And there's a million more possibilities. City life might be fun and stimulating, but the cost is that your very survival requires all of these elements to always work in tandem with no interruptions or breakdowns. Whenever there is one, you get something like New Orleans, the LA riots, or even just the massive lack of food and water that happened recently during the east coast power outage.

Cities are powder kegs. Fun, stimulating, entertaining and fast moving powder kegs.
2012-10-10 10:10:59 PM  
1 votes:
What urban dwellers really should fear is an extended break down in infrastructure. Cities are natural food and water deserts packing millions of people into tiny areas. Should our societies ever break down to the point that our "just-in-time" food delivery infrastructure is disrupted for an extended period of time, we could see suffering on an unprecedented scale.
Slu
2012-10-10 09:02:23 PM  
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doglover: MrEricSir: Oh let me tell you it's SO stressful to live, work, and shop within a five block radius. And to actually have a job. Man, life is insane here in the city.

Most people don't have that luxury, junior.


I have a family and I do, if that is what you are implying. Now I do have to go 3 miles to work. But I take the bus. With a toddler.
2012-10-10 08:58:52 PM  
1 votes:
Crazy is recognized in the city for what it is. In the country it's called religion.
2012-10-10 08:35:34 PM  
1 votes:

BSABSVR: Yeah, being able to do damn near anything I want at damn near any time I want sucks.


And yet here you are spending time posting on Fark.
2012-10-10 08:25:09 PM  
1 votes:
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To sum up the thread
2012-10-10 08:09:51 PM  
1 votes:

uber humper: I can go a month without having an emergency vehicle pass in front of the house.


Last time an emergency vehicle went by my house was about two years ago.

uber humper: I could leave house and cars unlocked.


Yeah, thats not very smart,no matter where you live. I have had stuff stolen out of my vehicle. ONly reason they didn't smash the windows was because it was unlocked.

uber humper: Fewer crazy people, no homeless, no traffic and clean air.


There are crazy people, but they usually just stay in their house, you don't see them out and about.
True, no homeless.
I get about 1 car per day past my house
Yep, clean air, it might stink like manure every once and awhile, but its better then city pollution.
2012-10-10 08:05:59 PM  
1 votes:
Hell is other people.
2012-10-10 07:56:39 PM  
1 votes:

davidphogan: I have to wonder if you're more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness in cities because you're more likely to have access to mental health care in a city?


RTFA.
2012-10-10 07:37:38 PM  
1 votes:

Kanemano: and the country smells like shiat, cow, dog, horse, pig and other.


have you been to San Francisco?
2012-10-10 07:28:40 PM  
1 votes:

davidphogan: I have to wonder if you're more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness in cities because you're more likely to have access to mental health care in a city?


Could be part of it -- but most who live in the 'country' are probably no more that an hour away from a large city.
2012-10-10 07:27:54 PM  
1 votes:
This reminds me of the old lab rat test that showed rats were more aggressive and generally attacked each other when living in dense conditions.
 
What they didn't tell you was that it was literally a bucket full of lab rats that were pissed off about being lab rats in the first place.
2012-10-10 07:18:38 PM  
1 votes:
Yeah, being able to do damn near anything I want at damn near any time I want sucks.
2012-10-10 06:13:11 PM  
1 votes:
"Tell'em about the Twinkie, Egon."
 
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