In 1910, just 5% of American babies named “Charlie” were girls. Over 100 years later, girl Charlies took over their male counterparts for the first time in 2016—making up 51% of the share. With little fuss or fanfare, Charlie has gone gender-neutral.
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Teenagers today have unprecedented access to technology, and yet many report that they’ve never been so bored. There is a notion among older people that teens, with their smartphones and unlimited internet access, never experience boredom. CNN and other media outlets have repeatedly declared that smartphones have killed boredom as we know it. “Today, we […]
How the rise of the luxury pram capitalised on the status anxiety of a new generation of parents Before she had a baby, Kari Boiler never noticed what kinds of buggies were on the streets. But when Boiler – an American then working for an advertising agency in Amsterdam – became pregnant with her first […]
What’s in infant diapers may help explain the rise of allergies and asthma in recent decades. Baby poop is changing, and that could be bad news for children’s health.
India’s 2011 census shows a serious decline in the number of girls under the age of seven – activists fear eight million female foetuses may have been aborted in the past decade. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi explores what has led to this crisis.
It used to be that reproduction was a seemingly straightforward thing: A man’s sperm met and clung to a woman’s egg. If the the stars aligned and the sperm successfully fertilized the egg, nine (and some change) months of waiting would result in a baby.
Japan is experiencing a vicious cycle of low fertility and low spending. This year, there were fewer births than ever recorded in the 118 years Japan has collected data. The trend has social scientists worried for the financial and social future of the country.
About 45% of US children ages 10 to 12 have a smartphone with a service plan Outside the US and Europe, children tend to get their first mobile phones when they are older
The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries. A recent UNICEF analysis puts it in perspective: About 20% of American children live in food-insecure households, meaning they lack access to safe and nutritious foods.
When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don’t drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.