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Young adulthood, then and now

| MercatorNet | April 21, 2017 |

Young adulthood, then and now

Young adulthood, then and now

A graphic comparison of early baby boomers and early millennials.
Lydia R. Anderson | Apr 21 2017 | comment 

1971 wedding of ABBA pop group members of Bjorn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog
(a marriage which did not last)

This infographic from the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio compares the family behaviours of two cohorts of Americans; those aged 25-34 in 1980, and those in the same age group in 2015. The greatest contrast is in the proportion never married -- 53 percent of millennials compared with 20 percent of boomers. However, the parenthood gap is not nearly so large: 68 percent of boomers in 1980 were living with a biological child, while this was true of 55 percent of millennials in 2015. How unmarried parenthood affects the next generation is an important question.
For original image and more research: BGSU National Centre for Marriage and Family Research.
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April 21, 2017

Not infrequently when we publish an article about some study linking a contentious development in society with adverse personal experiences – something in the field of gender, for example – our loyal opposition will post a comment dismissing the study on the basis that “correlation does not imply causation”.
Today, thanks to a tweet from our friends the MELISA Institute in Chile, I discovered a website that will delight the said commentariat. It’s called Spurious Correlations and it is the work of Tyler Vigen, a chap with some clever software and a nice sense of humour. Using real data he has discovered synchronies between films starring Nicholas Cage and the number of people who died by falling into a pool; and between the per capita consumption of mozarella cheese and the number of civil engineering doctorates awarded. Go ahead and treat yourself to a browse through his charts. They are a laugh a minute.
Seriously, though, there are correlations we can see without the help of scientists, and one of them is the misery that divorce inflicts on children. That is one of the reasons Diane Medved has called her new book, Don’t Divorce: Powerful Arguments for Saving and Revitalising Your Marriagereviewed for us by developmental psychologist Dr Hilary Towers.
And reverting to the subject of gender, Australian ethicist Dr Bernadette Tobin provides us with some necessary distinctions for understanding today’s discourse on this theme – including some comments by Pope Francis. 
Happy reading!

Carolyn Moynihan
Deputy Editor,

The loneliness of the middle-aged man
By Helena Adeloju
As well as his family, a man needs friends.
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Don’t divorce: powerful arguments for saving and revitalizing your marriage
By Hilary Towers
A clinician's no-nonsense view of marital abandonment.
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Gender and personal identity: two views
By Bernadette Tobin
How ‘transgenderism’ differs from the more traditional view of sex and gender.
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Who are the Coptic Christians?
By Paul Rowe
The majority religion in Egypt until the Middle Ages, Christians are now less than 10 percent of the population.
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Young adulthood, then and now
By Lydia R. Anderson
A graphic comparison of early baby boomers and early millennials.
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Who do you think you’re apostrophising?
By Rob Drummond
The dark side of grammar pedantry.
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Australia’s census is in
By Marcus Roberts
Or at least part of it is...
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The war on intellectual freedom
By Denyse O'Leary
How political correctness morphed into a monster.
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Politicians wrestle with doctors’ consciences in Victoria
By Paul Russell
Conscientious objection needs to be protected
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