Put together a number of statistics about large American homes and an infographic can point the way towards death. These factors – everything from more TV watching, eating poorly, not getting much exercise, and paying more for space that isn’t necessarily needed – are not necessarily related to McMansions. You could do all of this and live in a more modest home or have a really large home that is more architecturally pleasing. For example, did growing up in a 1880s Victorian home or a 1950s ranch necessarily lead to better behavior or were these larger social issues? In this line of reasoning, McMansions may just be a symptom of larger issues such as increased consumerism and individualism.
All that said, I could imagine even more data that could be added to the infographic:
-How much extra infrastructure needs to be built to support suburban McMansions (as contrasted with denser apartment living in big cities)?
-What about the loss of aesthetic beauty in seeing or living in mass-produced, poorly designed McMansions? Can’t this decrease one’s enjoyment of life?
-What is the cost of all the driving often done to accommodate McMansions?
-How about the decrease in civic life encouraged by such large and well-furnished private spaces?
This infogrphic could keep going on and on and on…