The changing profile of U.S. households portends profound changes in the way people live, work, and play.
"[A]ccording to census data, more households consist of the unmarried than the married," writes columnist N. R. Kleinfield in a supplementary article. He continues, "More people seem to be deciding that the contours of the traditional nuclear family do not work for them, spawning a profusion of cobbled-together networks in need of nomenclature."
What larger societal force accounts for this paradigm shift? Kleinfield offers an abridged explanation: "The double households began because of economics."