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A look at how the notion of family is evolving in this country.
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This infographic is showing a shift which has occured over the last several decades from larger, traditional families to smaller, multicultural, non-traditional families. This infographic concerns Canada, but the reduced birthrate is a problem for many developed countries in Europe as well. While the multi-cultural and same-sex families likely have no negative effects, the rise in lone parent families is problematic as single parents have an increased financial burden while raising children. The low birthrate, when lower than replacement level (2.0 per woman), will likely lead to a stalling economy to be outpaced by growing nations.
How exactly will a shifting family demographic affect us? We can only speculate. This phenomenon happening in Canada is also happening in most developed like the United States and Japan. The problem with analyzing specific demographics like this one, is that they are taken out of cultural (local and global) context. There are many things that may be influencing the familial demographic shift. More people are moving into cities, where life is busy, fast-paced, "anonymous", and space-limited. Having kids does not seem very conducive in this setting. Are we as humans actually creating issues for ourselves? Are we creating different meanings for "family"? Are we adapting to our ever-changing world? This issue will prove to be a mix of all of these things. ...Maybe there is even an unseen, unfelt ecological and physiological cue to stop procreating when there are too many within a population? However people who do not want children, have to ask themselves "why?" Is being selfish really worth removing humans that much further from the natural harmony of the world?