More brainstorming!

  1. start with some psychology background on developmental psychology and studies behind needing nurture and care as a child
    1. go into women and the conflict of being unable to provide this same level of affection when in higher up positions (alternative between quitting jobs etc.), could talk about potential techniques to wait for childbirth such as egg preservation but what is the impact of this
      1. talk about the impact of social media on modern love, so not only the way that maternal care and love impacts children, but how children then go on to develop various methods of interacting with people and forming relationships
      2. discussion of the modes of love and how we express ourselves, the ability to “turn off” someone at the flip of a button, only talk to them when you want to, non-physical love and love separated from people (how, in a way, we try to form those relationships that we initially had with our parents as a baby, it that even possible in the modern day)?
      3. This segways into children
  • relationships and love, how when we’re young we must have physical contact and affection, how much of this is necessary as we grow older, what is social media causing in terms of our direct contact with people?
  • can analyze this in two different ways, concerns of women today who want to prolong childbirth/working women who want to have a career (what impact with this have on children they raise)
  • for both of these topics could incorporate data from my own groups
  1. its complicated
  2. aziz ansari (?)

women being unable to provide the time raising children nowadays (go through whether it is worth it to wait on having children??)

non physical love in terms of no longer gaining that attachment we need from birth

  1. resilience and childhood, how much affection is important here
    1. study about the romanion children in orphanages, how the different amounts of affection alter this
  2. while these are our fundamental years, our need for affection both emotional and physical does diminish with age but not completely, we still need affection from those around this and as we grow older “their influence is later subsumed by that of romantic relational partners” (citation 2). What form of interaction does this romantic partnership require, and are these roles becoming filled more and more often by peers, friends and other

Impact from two different ways: progress of women and greater expectations from relationships which have caused the structure of families to change and impact from technology on children of the initial development in a more identity formation type of way (how has identity formation changed) -> aziz Ansari vs. the other book

  1. Branch 1: women development
    1. women in the industrial revolution (how each society is different) contrast japan and the u.s.
      1. how this has developed other institutions (e.g. egg preservation)
    2. relate this to later childbirths, fewer children, how this will impact society and marriage structure (this connects to modern love)
  2. branch 2:
    1. modern love
    2. how we need that same affection as we grow older yet it no longer exists in the same way due to

Babies can be born in a varying spectrum of developmental phases, but the main two categories are precocial and altricial. Altricial babies are unable to initially function without the assistance of their parents, and must take time to develop cognitively and physically. Precocial babies are born much more developed and can essentially function to their own to a certain extent (citation 1). Where humans fit on this spectrum is interesting because while they are precocial, their brains have no fully developed and therefore require the care of parents to develop to a certain extent.

This condition is not limited to physical development for aspects such as attaining basic foods and physical care, warmth and nurturing but also carries over to psychological care and development of aspects such as language and the ability to interact with other humans. This more key psychological development continues until about the age of two. Until this age, contact with parental figures and loving individuals is absolutely necessary, “the roots of relationships and, to a significant degree, of resilience are grounded in the foundational experiences of early childhood” (citation 2).

In a fascinating study done on children raised in Romanian orphanages in the 1980s and 1990s. When Charles Nelson, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, went in to visit some of these children he noticed, “The odd behaviors, delayed language and a range of other symptoms suggested problems with brain development” (citation 3). Their brains, when studied further, were physically smaller than an average child. A project was conducted where a series of children from 6 months to 3 years of age were assigned to foster families. When compared to the children still in the institution, the children placed in foster care, “were able to form secure attachment relationships with their caregivers and made dramatic gains in their ability to express emotions” (citation 4). This study was important in establishing the necessity of direct parental care and attention for young children.

While these are our fundamental years, our need for affection both emotional and physical does diminish with age but not completely, we still need affection from those around this and as we grow older “their influence is later subsumed by that of romantic relational partners” (citation 2). Overall, how does technology and use of smart phones affect the interactions that we must continue throughout our lives in order to sustain our relationships? How has the industrial revolution affected the age of motherhood, and in turn affected the way mothers raise their children? How do women confront the choice between raising children and furthering their profession, and at what cost do these differences come at.

For different countries and cities, the transition into a working force of women and men equally educated and holding similarly time-consuming positions has had different implications. In America, this phenomenon has arguably led to an increasing marriage age of men and women, as well as different standards for love and marriage (Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari). As the marriage age increases, the average number of children per family has decreased from 4 to 2, and this also has led to many pioneering technologies including egg preservation, in work support, as well as a shared role between husband and wife of raising children.

  • talk more about ethics of egg preservation as an example/what women think about this, effect of working women on children

However, in cities such as Tokyo, Japan a much more serious problem has begun to form, “He says it’s much more fun playing video games and chatting via texts all night with his male friends than going on a date” (citation 7). What exactly has caused this mindset to form… “Experts point to a variety of factors contributing to this mindset, from the advent of the Internet to financial insecurity to improving career opportunities for women” (citation 7). The early urge humans have to return to a strong relationship attachment they once had as a child toward their parents or caregiver has seemingly diminished completely. The complexity of this issue revolves around the lack of desire to enter confrontational situations with the opposite sex. Career, individual development – increasing desire to be personally established and successful before committing to another individual, both by men and women.

(Maybe include 3rd case study of women in rural areas who are unable to progress past a certain point in education due to inaccessibility of resources)

Identity formation

In the world we live in today, children and teens are catapulted into a world of constant social media usage, which can have an interesting effect on the way they frame their public appearance. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram integrate many different spaces of individuals lives… family, friends and professional colleagues all find it appropriate to connect on social media, yet what type of judgment is passed behind doors about situations that some people have never even been present for. In the book written by ______ It’s Complicated, the Danah Boyd


“In order to find a community of like-minded souls, she turned to the internet, where she developed a digital persona whom she called Kiki Kannibal”

“Kiki believed she was madly in love with the boy who raped her”

How has the nature of sexual assault changed? With online platforms, people can take on a certain demeanor and say whatever they want, lie about their age as well as their background, and have access to people which wouldn’t have been possible without social media.

Where is the line drawn between meeting people of similar interest and simply meeting dangerous people?

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