Trends, facts, and emerging realities

Three Apples Changed the World
The one that Eve ate, the one that dropped on Newton’s head, and the one
that Steve built. (Publishing Poynters, 4/1/12)

The Teenage Birth Rate in the U.S. has fallen to the lowest level since 1946, according to the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics. In 2010, babies born to women aged 15 to 19 numbered 367,752 vs 409,802 in 2009. Teen pregnancy numbers began to drop when abstinence education became a national movement influencing teenagers and governmental leaders. (Baptist Press 4/19/12)

More multi-generational households
The number of Americans living in multi-generational households has been increasing steadily since 1980. During the recent recession, this number rose from 46.5 million to 51.4 million, the largest increase in modern history. (Center for Media Research Brief 4/6/12)

Cohabitation Causes Divorce
Researchers argue there is actually something internal to the practice of living together that can put a future marriage on shaky ground. The decision to live together is often one that couples “slide” into simply because it is considered economical or convenient. After moving in, they feel “locked in” because of all the entanglements of living together. Establishing relationships on convenience or ambiguity can interfere with the process of claiming the people we love. Studies also reveal men and women tend to go into a cohabiting situation with different mentalities, with women seeing it as a “step toward marriage” and men often
viewing it as “a way to test a relationship or postpone commitment.” (New York Times 4/19/12)

• 2.2 billion people of all ages worldwide self-identify as Christians
• Forty-four percent of U.S. adults do not belong to the same faith as when they   

  were children
• One-third of U.S. working women are their family’s primary breadwinner
• Since 1960, the median age for marriage for young women has risen from 20 to

• One in every eight American children is born premature
• Obesity could affect 42% of Americans by 2030
• Autism now afflicts more than one million, or more than one in every 88 children in

  the U.S.
* 20.3 million children in the U.S. live with only one parent


The Foster Report August 2012