Family is considered as the oldest social
institution in the world. However, our understanding about what forms a family have
changed a lot since the 1950s, and there’s no reason to believe that this
changes will stop.
Current trends show that the family of the future
is getting smaller in size with, in both developed and emerging countries.
Many economic and civic factors like gender
equality and delaying marriages are contributing towards the reduction of
As a result, smaller
sized families in the future will have a better standard of living because they
will consume more goods and services per person compared to big families. Therefore,
these families possible may be able spend more on education and
self-development of their children.
Moreover, over the next 50-100 years, longer life
expectancies will cause that at least four generations in the family at the
same time and though not under the same roof, will contribute towards
increasing single-person households. According to the The Organization for
Economic Co-operation and Development, there is likely to be a significant
increase in the number of single parents and many young families are likely to
be single-parent households. Moreover, many more people will choose to live together
but not marry making this form of partnership a norm.
Also, important to say about the future diversity
of the family system. With time, same-sex and -gender parents, new reproductive
technologies, and immigrant families will make the family system much more different
from what we have now. As a result, these changes will bring new regulations in
law making new forms of families protected by the government.