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The Atlantic (April 25)

2018/ 04/ 26 by jd in Global News

“More and more Americans are first sharing a home, then having children. Marriage comes later, if at all.” According to the Pew Research Center “35 percent of all unmarried parents are now living together, up from 20 percent of unmarried parents in 1997” and less than 1 percent in 1968. Aside from changing social norms, much of the trend appears to be linked to economic reasons and financial instability. “In response to an unintended pregnancy, a couple is three times more likely to move in together than get married.”

 

1843 (August Issue)

2017/ 08/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Doctors and parents both tell young people to eat healthily and drink in moderation, and the young finally seem to be listening. Recent shifts in spending” in both the U.S. and the UK “indicate that they are spending more on healthy food and less on boozing.” For example, in the U.S. “households headed by under-25s have increased their spending on fresh fruit by 77% and on fresh vegetables by 47% (in real terms)” while more than halving annual spending on alcohol “from about $560 in 2000 to roughly $270 in 2015.”

 

Bloomberg (May 24)

2016/ 05/ 25 by jd in Global News

“More young adults now live with parents than partners. It’s the first time that this has happened in the U.S. in more than 130 years.” Much of the cause is economic, but “millennials and their parents may also simply be more comfortable with living together” than previous generations.

 

The Economist (June 21)

2014/ 06/ 22 by jd in Global News

“Since time immemorial, Chinese children have been expected to take care of their aged parents—but rising incomes and shifting norms are changing things.” Retirement homes, some quite stylish, may prove the wave of the future in China.

 

USA Today (September 4)

2013/ 09/ 05 by jd in Global News

“As evidence mounts that permanent brain damage and dementia are legacies of some still-unknown number of NFL careers, the league faces a dilemma: Bone-jarring hits are an unavoidable part of football, but if the game gets too brutal, fans and the parents of prospective players could abandon it…. Making an inherently violent game less dangerous won’t be easy.”

 

Chicago Tribune (April 1)

2013/ 04/ 03 by jd in Global News

“In the world’s most populous nation, attending to your filial obligations is no longer entirely up to your discretion. It’s a legal obligation.” In China, “the government has enacted a law mandating that children visit their parents and that employers give the children time off to do so. And if Junior shirks his duty, Mom and Dad can sue him to force compliance.”

 

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