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Is Your Household Getting More Crowded? For the First Time in 160 Years, Maybe So

In 1790, the average household in the U.S. included nearly 6 people (5.79, to be exact). In 1850, it was 5.55. Every decade since then, the average size of the American household has shrunk. Until now. According to a recent Pew report, there were 2.63 people in a household, on average, in 2018. That represents an increase since 2010. It is just a small increase, but noteworthy since it is the first time it has happened in more than 16 decades.



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Why Feeling Validated Is So Important

In my years of talking to single people, one theme that comes up routinely is that the important events in their lives, the kinds of accomplishments that make them proud, are often ignored rather than validated. That is entirely different from what happens with culturally celebrated events such as weddings -- validation is nearly automatic. Tell someone you are getting married and the gasps of enthusiasm are almost obligatory. Other kinds of life events, though, may or may not even be acknowledged, much less greeted with genuine warmth, appreciation, or praise.



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Single People, What Would You Be Missing Out on If You Were Married?

Marriage is so relentlessly valued and promoted and celebrated, it is easy for people to feel like they are missing out on something if they are single. And maybe for some single people, they really are.

The problem is that in popular writings, and even in scientific articles, the focus is overwhelmingly on what is good about being married and bad about being single. But no life choice is entirely positive or entirely negative.



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All Around the World, Women Are Having Fewer Babies: UN Report

Globally, women today are only having about half as many babies as they did in the early 1970s. An important new report from the United Nations provided documentation of fertility changes between the early 1970s and the most recent years, averaged across the world and separately for eight different regions of the world. Data were based on the average number of live births to women between the ages of 15 and 49. (Statistics on adoptions were not reported.)