Today rapid development and industrialization has allowed for people to lead more independent lives. As a result, people are not as dependent on their neighbors as they were in the past.
Before cities exploded into super metropolises, many people lived in the countryside and worked as a farmer. People lived in small villages far away from towns and cities. Sometimes the nearest doctor or hospital was several hours away. For safety and support people had to rely on their neighbors. If a neighbor was building a barn, for example, every hand was needed to help raise the barn walls, so all of the neighbor would help. Nowadays, more and more people are moving to cities and towns, where construction companies build houses and hospitals are easily accessed. Neighbors are no longer necessary for one to get by.
Modernization has also made it unnecessary for people to rely on their neighbors. In the past, stores did not stay open very late. If my grandmother discovered while she was cooking dinner that she did not have enough flour, she would not go to the store. Instead, she would go over to the neighbor’s to borrow a cup of flour, with the understanding that they were welcome to come borrow food from her at any time. Now, since there are convenience stores on each street corner which stay open at all hours, we go to the stores instead of going to our neighbors.
Another reason that people depend less on their neighbor is because of the constant movement of people from one place to another. In my building alone, I have had a new next-door neighbor every six months. I have also moved three times in the past four years. You cannot rely on your neighbors as much anymore, because chances are that you do not know your neighbors. For my grandmother it was different, she lived in the same apartment for thirty years. When my parents moved to a new apartment with more modern facilities, she chose to stay in her old apartment because she did not want to move away from her neighbors. The current generation does not see the need to rely on their neighbors as much as previous generation.
The mass migration of people from the countryside to the city coupled with the modernization and development of newer buildings in the city has weakened the relationship between neighbors. People are more independent and do not need to rely on their neighbors as much.