Chinese Food On Christmas Is No Longer Solely A Jewish Tradition

This is the time of year when, for American Jews such as myself, visions of Chinese plum sauce dance in my head. It's a trend that dates back decades—the Chinese food Christmas meal has been whimsically described as a sacred Jewish tradition. But, recent research reveals that it's become popular among non-Jews as well. » 12/24/14 8:30am 12/24/14 8:30am

Pretty Much Every U.S. Demographic Group Believes Torture Is Justified

The good news: For those who are worried that the nation is more divided than ever, there's finally one contentious issue that a majority of Americans agree upon. The bad news: Most people are okay with the CIA torturing suspected terrorists. » 12/17/14 12:30pm 12/17/14 12:30pm

​Among Millennials, Support For Obama Is Divided By Race

Several polls show that support for President Obama among the millennial generation has plummeted. Analysts have offered several reasons, including disenchantment with his healthcare initiative and declining trust in government. But one study says the actual fault-line among millennials is a familiar one: race. » 10/27/14 9:20am 10/27/14 9:20am

Is This the Single Most Important Statistic About Millennials?

The U.S. Council of Economic Advisers just released a fascinating report about Millennials, packed with statistics about their demographics and economic prospects. It charts a lot of differences between Gen X and Millennials, but there's one statistic that reveals a true generation gap. » 10/15/14 1:40pm 10/15/14 1:40pm

Life expectancy in the U.S. has never been higher. Americans born in 2012 can expect to live for 78.8 years (up 0.1 from 2011). But the gender gap hasn't changed; life expectancy for men is 76.4 years and 81.2 for women. From 2011-12, death rates declined for 8 of 10 leading causes, but suicides increased 2.4%. » 10/09/14 4:50pm 10/09/14 4:50pm

Are Millennials Compatible With U.S. Military Culture?

An editorial in a magazine published by the U.S. Naval Institute grouses about the behavior of Millennials: their constant texting ignores the chain of command and they're way too laid back to serve in the military. A Millennial naval officer has responded online—and he blew those complaints out of the water. » 8/12/14 4:10pm 8/12/14 4:10pm

Did China's one-child policy actually reduce population growth?

China made huge headlines late last month when it decided to ease its famous "one-child policy" after more than three decades. The policy, requring most couples to have only one child, stands as one of the most famous social experiments of the past century. But how successful was it? » 1/29/14 12:09pm 1/29/14 12:09pm

These maps show U.S. migration patterns for the past six decades

Millions of Americans move to different counties each year. Tracking who is moving and where they're going can be difficult to quantify and visualize, but these gloriously detailed interactive maps from the University of Wisconsin manage the task with ease. » 11/05/13 10:40am 11/05/13 10:40am

The Unintended Consequences Of China's One-child Policy

It has been 34 years since the People's Republic of China introduced their one-child policy, a population control measure that restricts the reproductive practices of married couples. But as the Chinese government continues to proclaim the policy as being a tremendous success, the one-child rule has also introduced a… » 10/03/12 9:00am 10/03/12 9:00am

What was the world's population when you were born?

The Guardian is currently featuring a great interactive applet that pumps out population metrics (including the total number of Earth's human residents) for the year you were born. » 10/25/11 1:20pm 10/25/11 1:20pm

U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Most Industrialized Nations

Making fun of America's healthcare system is low-hanging fruit for many international commentators, what with the lack of universal coverage, incredibly high per capita costs, and frequent bankruptcies. Now a new study has been released showing that life expectancies for most US counties falls behind other… » 6/17/11 7:40am 6/17/11 7:40am

Why didn't more young people go see Thor?

Thor did pretty decent box office numbers in its opening weekend — not Iron Man good, but decent. But one thing stuck out about the Thunder God's results — the audience was 72 percent people 25 years old and older. » 5/10/11 12:55pm 5/10/11 12:55pm

Can humanity survive a population of over 10 billion people?

By the end of this year, the human population is expected to reach seven billion people, just twelve years after we hit the six billion milestone. But how much more crowded is our planet going to get? Will we keep on expanding indefinitely, or are we approaching the upper limit? The current consensus is that we'll… » 2/20/11 1:20pm 2/20/11 1:20pm

When does your income determine the way you vote?

It's election day in the U.S., and Republicans appear set to make major gains in Congress. So why do Americans vote the way they do? The answer is all about a point. » 11/01/10 10:47pm 11/01/10 10:47pm

We cure cancer — and dystopia is the result, in Albert Brooks' first…

Writer/director Albert Brooks may have predicted reality TV with his 1979 movie Real Life, and now he's got an even more dire prediction. In his first novel, coming next May, he has some nasty visions for the year 2030. » 7/16/10 4:30pm 7/16/10 4:30pm

With 32.7 Million "Excess Males," What Will Become of China?

For every 100 girls born in China during 2005, 120 boys were born. A new demographic study shows that the biggest population control experiment in history has turned China's youth into the "male generation." » 4/14/09 2:00pm 4/14/09 2:00pm

Young Adult Books Will Save Science Fiction

The biggest growth in science fiction publishing these days, hands down, is happening in the young adult market, and that's great news. While the "real" science fiction publishers are chasing a shrinking - and graying - readership, tweens and teens are discovering SF for themselves, thanks to books from a diverse… » 8/15/08 2:00pm 8/15/08 2:00pm

Let the Machine Overlords Hear Your Cry in Our Demographic Survey

It's been nearly a month since io9 lowered its shields and initiated signal transmission. Now we want to know more about you, our readers. We've posted a brief demographic survey to harvest your innermost thoughts — but we don't want to know anything privacy-invading like your address or phone number. If you fill it… » 1/31/08 8:40am 1/31/08 8:40am