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What are the 10 ways that families will evolve within the next 50-150 years? Will family include
non-blood related people as well as blood related people? How will life extension up to at least 200 years and beyond impact upon families and human population? The definition of families is rapidly changing. Blood related families are becoming smaller while non-blood related families are becoming larger. Family has become less inclusive and more exclusive. Advancements in life extension technology will also reduce the number of blood related family members as people live longer & longer.
Families already include people that are not related by blood. Adoptions, step-parents, half-parents, and marriages all expand families with no blood relations. Where are you getting your data about "blood-related families" from? Do you mean that the average size of families is getting smaller? It is, but the overall population is growing. I have no idea what the statement "Family has become less inclusive and more exclusive." is supposed to mean. Are you talking about nuclear and non-nuclear families?
The definitions of "family", in the Merriam-Webster, are as follows:
1. a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head
a : a group of persons of common ancestry
b : a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock
a : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation
b : the staff of a high official (as the President)
: a group of things related by common characteristics: as
a : a closely related series of elements or chemical compounds
b : a group of soils with similar chemical and physical properties (as texture, pH, and mineral content) that comprise a category ranking above the series and below the subgroup in soil classification
c : a group of related languages descended from a single ancestral language
a : the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family
b : spouse and children
a : a group of related plants or animals forming a category ranking above a genus and below an order and usually comprising several to many genera
b in livestock breeding (1) : the descendants or line of a particular individual especially of some outstanding female (2) : an identifiable strain within a breed
: a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters
: a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area
There are many different definitions of "family". What one are you using?
One that has commonality, respect, and love for each other. This doesn't necessarily mean blood relations. Good friends are also considered to be family.
Okay, thank you for explaining.
1. Families with five or more living generations will become common as lives become longer
2. Extended families may become disjointed
3. Friends will act like family
4. Nuclear families may shrink
5. Lower birth rates
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