As the American family gets smaller, 3.14 persons in 1970 down to 2.57 persons in 2003, the number of bedrooms [per house] continues to grow. Of new homes in the US, 39% now have 4 or more bedrooms. Ironically - or maybe not - during that continuing bouduare growth trend, reports of childhood depression - including thoughts of feeling lonely, isolated, and even suicidal - have increased four fold. I wanted my own bedroom when I was growing up, but it wasn't to be. I always had to share one with my omni-annoying older brother. Maybe my brother wasn't so bad after all.