We had 99 problems in this society in 2022, and one of them was definitely headlines like this:
At some point someone in leading news organizations decided that their mission was not to inform people but to get people to click on things. I sincerely hope the other good people who work at these companies, who have different — loftier — goals, prevail next year and realize that giving people information before the click is a public service readers and subscribers will eventually reward.
Anyway, where were we. Year in review.
Here are some things I wrote in 2022 or co-wrote, in the category “paper, grouped by topic:
Marriage and family
- Cohen, Philip N. 2022. “Rethinking marriage metabolism: The declining frequency of marital events in the United States.” [SocArXiv] An attempt to describe trends in marriage, divorce, and widowhood using a new measure, the Total Rate of Marital Events.
- Chen, Hao-Chun and Philip N. Cohen. “The Variability of Age at First Marriage across Birth Cohort and Education Level: A Case of Taiwan.” 2022. [SocArXiv] Hao-Chun is a PhD student in our program, writing his dissertation on historical developments in the timing of marriage and cohabiting unions.
- Cohen, Philip N. 2022. “What’s the story? Family demography at the end of progress.” [SocArXiv] Transcript of talk I gave at the Population Association (which you can see presented here).
- Cohen, Philip N. 2022. “Projected lifetime prevalence of marriage for US Black and White women from a multiple decrement life table.” [SocArXiv] Still hacking away at life tables.
- Caudillo, Mónica L., Andrés Villarreal, & Philip N. Cohen. 2022. “The Opioid Epidemic and Children’s Living Arrangements in the United States, 2000-2018.” Forthcoming. [SocArXiv] Our analysis found convincing evidence that the rate of opioid overdose deaths is strongly associated with changes in family structure across US counties.
Science and knowledge
- Cohen, Philip N. “How do we tell what’s true?” 2022. [SocArXiv] An essay for the forthcoming edition of Families As They Really Are, for students in family courses.
- Polka, Jessica, Iratxe Puebla, Damian Pattinson, Philip Hurst, Gary Mcdowell, Richard Sever, Thomas Lemberger, Michele Avissar-Whiting, Philip N. Cohen, Tony Ross-Hellauer, Gabriel Stein, Kathleen Shearer, Clare Stone, Victoria Tianjing Yan. 2022. “PRef: Describing Key Preprint Review Features.” [OSF Preprints] Part of an ongoing effort to bring peer review into the arena of preprints.
- Altman, Micah, Philip N. Cohen, and Jessica Polka. “Interventions in Scholarly Communication: Design Lessons from Public Health.” [MetaArXiv] A paper that compares interventions in scholarly communication — open-access publishing with author charges, and preprints — with public health efforts like DDT application and vaccines, to make suggestions for better design and assessment.
- Altman, Micah, and Philip N. Cohen. 2022. “The Scholarly Knowledge Ecosystem: Challenges and Opportunities for the Field of Information.” DOI:10.3389/frma.2021.751553. [article] A review of multiple reports on the evolution of the system of scholarly communication, with implications.
- Cohen, Philip N. 2022. “Pandemic-related decline in injuries related to women wearing high-heeled shoes: Analysis of U.S. data for 2016-2020.” DOI:10.22037/sdh.v8i1.37227. [journal | PDF] Yes, there was a marked decline in women showing up at emergency departments with injuries related to high heeled shoes. Will it last?
I kept writing Citizen Scholar, though I am now officially late on finishing it. I’ve posted some early drafts at the link. Writing a whole book is hard for me. Also, my chapter on social media, especially about Twitter, is now somewhat up in the air — including a survey and a series of interviews with social scientists I conducted to understand how researchers use social media, for better and worse. Very optimistic for 2023! (Related, I gave a zoom talk for the Scholar Strategies Network on Open Social Science and Public Engagement.)
Also, I’m a few months into writing the fourth edition of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change. This is going very well. I always look at this deadline approaching with trepidation, then enjoy the process. This is partly the magic of my amazing editor, Sasha Levitt, at W. W. Norton, who generates a suite of expert reviews and then guides me through the process of turning them into a new edition. Although it’s a very big project, the fact that it’s broken into many sections makes it surprisingly compatible with my attention issues. Expect it at the end of the year.
I also read about 30 books, discussed previously.
In the News
Ivermectin in Mexico was a big story this year, though it seems like ages ago. It started when SocArXiv decided to remove a misleading paper written by Mexico City government officials (explained here; some fallout and a response from one of the authors here), then covered in the news here:
- Animal Politico, February 1, 2022: Gobierno de la CDMX gastó 29 mdp en tratamiento con ivermectina no autorizado contra COVID
Then came around to the US media:
- Los Angeles Times, February 8, 2022: Gobierno mexicano critica “campaña de ataques” por uso de la ivermectina
- Washington Post, February 9, 2022: Opinion: Mexico City’s decision to distribute ivermectin marked a new low for pandemic mismanagement
And Spain, etc:
- El País, February 10, 2022: La ivermectina en México, un conflicto entre la ciencia y la política [archived, with translation]
Other news stories I contributed to included:
- Baby names: The Atlantic, February 4, 2022: The Age of the Unique Baby Name
- Women’s age when they have babies: Associated Press, May 6, 2022: Motherhood deferred: US median age for giving birth hits 30; New England Cable News, May 16, 2022: More Women Choosing to Have Kids Later in Life
- Generations: The Takeaway, May 20, 2022: Deep Dive: Generation Z
- Knocking on conservatives: Deseret News, June 5, 2022: Are fatherlessness and societal breakdown to blame for mass shootings?
- Abortion rights: Wired, June 24, 2022: Roe Stood for 49 Years. It Revolutionized Life for Women.
- Life expectancy: Scientific American, October 17, 2022: The U.S. Just Lost 26 Years’ Worth of Progress on Life Expectancy
And, of course, Santa: BBC Family Tree, December 14, 2022: Time to end Santa’s ‘naughty list’?
Here are a posts that went over well during the year:
- Science says: Get married at age Whatever You Want (and these are the odds of divorce)
- Black and White women’s lifetime marriage projections
- US name androgyny at record high
- Demographic facts for students: 2022
On social media
Toward the end of the year I mostly moved off Twitter and onto Mastodon. You can find me here, and I hope you will! https://mastodon.social/@philipncohen. Lots of reasons to leave Twitter, but I am keenly aware of all the benefits I got from using that platform as well. (In my first month mostly not using Twitter I lost about 1 million impressions from what I was averaging before, according to the app’s metrics for me.) I want to help other people have a productive online social-professional experience, and give you the advice to try Mastodon in that spirit. Here’s one short post that explains why I believe this.
I’m happy you read this far! I hope to see you in the coming year, here or wherever. Thanks for reading.