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America’s gender-fluid future, in 100 years of baby name trends

April 14th, 2018 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

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.



Generation Z is already bored by the internet

April 6th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

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 […]



Perfect prams for perfect parents: the rise of the bougie buggy

April 2nd, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

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 […]



Baby poop is changing, science reveals. Here’s why it matters

March 9th, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

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.



Where are India’s millions of missing girls?

January 31st, 2018 at 10:15 am » Comments Off

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.



2017 changed how we’ll have babies

December 27th, 2017 at 4:04 am » Comments Off

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’s fertility crisis is the worst it’s been in 118 years

December 27th, 2017 at 3:46 am » Comments Off

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.



When kids get their first cell phones around the world

December 21st, 2017 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

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



One in five American children live with hunger

October 26th, 2017 at 12:52 am » Comments Off

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.



Not drinking or driving, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood

September 29th, 2017 at 7:36 am » Comments Off

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.



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