Modern living is no private matterr
There was a time when you could doo just about anything you pleased in your own home.
Houses were built solidly and there ere was enough distance between properties that you could turn the volume up on the stereo and dance e around the house naked if you wanted ted to while the neighbours would be none the wiser.
It is, perhaps, one of the consequences of shrinking lot sizess that privacy has become a casualty of modern city living.
Of course, anyone who has experienced inner-city living would already be familiar with the particularlar problems of being in close contact.
When we lived on a narrow urban n block less than 10m wide, we kept our voices down in the backyard lest the e people next door overheard.
Any gathering of more than five people constituted a party so half thehe time, we invited the neighbours to avoid noise complaints.
At our next home, it was more about bout visibility, with just a driveway separating our dining room which faced on to the neighbours’ sunroom. m.
The opaque thickened glass I ordered to replace the bottom window dow pane might have been expensive butut it was definitely worth the investmentnt to avoid seeing the neighbours walkingng by in their underwear while I was eating ng my breakfast.
As for outdoor activities which were ere once not so unusual, like a little topless less bathing, the advent of drones — and d social media — has put an end to that.at
Mind you, it must be good news for the landscaping industry as screening devices, fencing and fast growing shrubs remain popular solutions.
So keep your clothes on and your voice down. You never know who might be watching.