Family is considered as the oldest socialinstitution in the world. However, our ideas about what constitutes a “normal”family have changed a lot since the 1960s, and there’s no reason to believethey will stop changing. Current trends show that the family of the futureis getting smaller in size with, in both developed and emerging countries.Many economic and civic factors like genderequality which brought an increasing number of women working, and delayingmarriages are contributing towards the reduction of family size. As a result, smallersized families in the future will have a better standard of living because theywill consume more goods and services per person compared to big families. Thesefamilies possible may be able spend more on goods and services such aseducation and self-development. Moreover, overthe next 50-100 years, longer life expectancies and an ageing population willlead to at least four or five generations in the family at the same time andthough not under the same roof, will contribute towards increasingsingle-person households.
As a result, there is likely to be a significantincrease in the number of single parents and many young families are likely tobe single-parent households depending on social welfare benefits. According to the The Organization for EconomicCo-operation and Development, co-habiting couple households, that is coupleswho choose to live together but not marry, are expected to rise steeply in thefuture. Also, important to say about the future diversityof the family system. With time, same-sex and -gender parents, new reproductivetechnologies, and immigrant families will make the family system much more differentfrom what we have now. As a result, these changes will bring new regulations inlaw making new forms of families protected by the government.