I am not saying domestic servants lived well. It was just a way to maintain a semblance of employment in Victorian England. Who says our U.S. standard of living will be maintained? Every time I watched that sitcom Friends, I would think it was a portent of how young adults will be living communally in the not too distant future. The days of Seinfeld episodes ringing true, where a postal worker (Neumann) can live in an apartment on the upper west side of Manhattan, are likely gone.
Gone also are the days when working class Irish-Americans could move from one apartment on a street to another apartment on a street (Washington Heights, Manhattan), to have an additional room, have been gone for 50 years or so.
We have more gadgets to choose from, but urban living has become very expensive, as compared to the middle of the last century, in my opinion.
Have a nice day.