Episode 117

Five Trends Reshaping America

Ravi, Rikki, and Joe jump into #TrendyTuesday, looking at five trends that are reshaping America: declines in driving, religious faith, marriage rates, and sex, as well as a rise in multigenerational living.


Driving Downturn [03:02]

Throughout the rich world, the young are falling out of love with cars (The Economist, 2/16/23)
Why U.S. teens aren’t getting their driver’s licenses (The Week, 2/16/23)
Why aren’t teenagers driving anymore? (Washington Post, 2/21/23)
Driving? The Kids Are So Over It (Wall Street Journal, 4/20/2019)
Why the 15-minute city is fueling a ludicrous conspiracy theory (Fast Company, 2/23/23)
All school and no work becoming the norm for American teens (Brookings, 7/2/19)
U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why (National Geographic, 12/18/13)
20-minute neighbourhood or 15-minute city? (University of Liverpool, 1/18/23)

Declining Religiosity [10:19]

Churchgoing and belief in God stand at historic lows, despite a megachurch surge (The Hill, 12/21/22)
Generation Z and the Future of Faith in America (American Enterprise Institute/Survey Center on American Life, 3/24/22)
Why is religion suddenly declining? (Oxford University Press, 12/7/20)
Modeling the Future of Religion in America (Pew Research Center, 9/13/22)
Modern Spirituality Is a Consumer’s Choice Now (The Atlantic, 2/22/23)
There’s a Growing Class Divide in Church Attendance (American Storylines, 12/15/22)
Why You Can’t Predict the Future of Religion (New York Times, 2/25/23)
American Religion Is Not Dead Yet (The Atlantic, 1/16/23)
Belief in God in U.S. Dips to 81%, a New Low (Gallup, 6/17/22)

Multigenerational Living [22:01]

To combat rising costs, some parents move in with adult children (Good Morning America, 2/26/23)
More Parents Are Moving In With Adult Children—at Younger Ages (Wall Street Journal, 2/22/23)
More parents are moving in with their kids thanks to the ‘reverse-boomerang effect’ (Fox Business, 2/23/23)
Financial Issues Top the List of Reasons U.S. Adults Live in Multigenerational Homes (Pew Research Center, 3/24/22)
Living arrangements of older persons around the world (UN Dept. of Economic and Social Affairs, April 2019)
Why more Americans are choosing to live in multigenerational housing (WBUR, 2/6/23)
The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake (The Atlantic, 3/2020)
Historical Living Arrangements of Adults (United States Census Bureau)
An Improved State of Aging in America (Population Reference Bureau)
NHATS Trends Dashboards (Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging)
Older people are more likely to live alone in the U.S. than elsewhere in the world (Pew Research Center, 3/10/20) 

Sex Recession [31:04]

Have More Sex, Please! (The New York Times, 2/13/23)
Americans less likely to have sex, partner up and get married than ever (CNN, 2/14/23)
Why are so many young people having less sex and fewer friendships? (Salon, 11/6/22)
How Everyone Got So Lonely (The New Yorker, 4/4/22)
People Have Been Having Less Sex—whether They’re Teenagers or 40-Somethings (Scientific American, 1/3/22)
The share of Americans not having sex has reached a record high (Washington Post, 3/29/19)
The Tragic Disconnect Between Men And Women – No Sex, No Babies, Lots Of Loneliness, Shrinking Populations (Forbes, 2/3/23)
The Valentine’s prescription you’ve all been waiting for: Four doctors give their verdict on how often people should be having sex — for couples AND singletons (Daily Mail, 2/14/23)
Changes in Penile-Vaginal Intercourse Frequency and Sexual Repertoire from 2009 to 2018: Findings from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (Archives of Sexual Behavior, 11/19/21)
Is sexual loneliness a public health problem? (Psypost, 2/5/23)
Should You Be Worried About Your Sexless Marriage? (Best Health, 2/10/22)

Falling Marriage Rates [40:31]

America the single (Axios, 2/25/23)
Valentine’s Day is a time for engagements. Where are Americans tying the knot? (USA Today, 2/14/23)
The end of marriage in America? (The Hill, 8/10/21)
Most young men are single. Most young women are not. (The Hill, 2/22/23)
Why the Declining Marriage Rate Affects Everyone (The Heritage Foundation)
Marriage is declining. Get married anyway (Deseret News, 12/13/22)
Fewer people are marrying. That’s cause for celebration, not state intervention (The Guardian, 2/25/23)
Rising Share of U.S. Adults Are Living Without a Spouse or Partner (Pew Research, 10/5/21)
Marital status, health and mortality (National Library of Medicine, 12/2012)
Mortality Among Adults Aged 25 and Over by Marital Status: United States, 2010–2017 (National Center for Health Statistics, 10/2019)
The protective effect of marriage for survival: a review and update (National Library of Medicine, 5/2011)
For Valentine’s Day, 5 facts about single Americans (Pew Research Center, 2/8/23)
Provisional number of marriages and marriage rate: United States, 2000-2021 (National Center for Health Statistics)