The coming divorce decline

Unless something changes outside the demogosphere, the divorce rate is going to go down in the coming years. Divorce represents a number of problems from a social science perspective. Most people seem to assume "the divorce rate" is always going up, compared with the good old days, which are supposed to be the whole past…

Visualizing family modernization, 1900-2016

After this post about small multiple graphs, and partly inspired by two news reports I was interviewed for -- this Salt Lake Tribune story about teen marriage, and this New York Times report mapping age at first birth -- I made some historical data figures. These visualizations use decennial census data from 1900 to 1990,…

For social relationships outside marriage

Stephanie Coontz has a great piece in tomorrow's New York Times titled, "For a Better Marriage, Act Like a Single Person." From her intro: Especially around Valentine’s Day, it’s easy to find advice about sustaining a successful marriage, with suggestions for “date nights” and romantic dinners for two. But as we spend more and more of…