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February 18, 2019

Recent family-related news included thoughts on what it means to be “family,” reflections from Michelle Obama on her ever-changing roles within her family, a look at a very popular Chinese video game highlighting dating, a look at how much people spend on an engagement ring, and how Instagram Story can help you tell your world about your break-up.

When an Auntie is Not Actually a Relative Imani Bashir, The Washington Post, February 4, 2019 We have established miniature pockets of family outside of relatives…because of where we live now and how we live, we are lucky enough to have other people we can call family.

Reading Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” as a Motherhood Memoir Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, February 5, 2019 What Michelle Obama brings to this genre is, first, a powerful sense of self, which precedes and exceeds her domestic relationships… Obama makes and remakes her domestic relationships throughout her adult life.

“They’re More Attractive Than Real Boyfriends.” Inside the Weird World of Chinese Romance Video Games Lu-Hai Liang, Wired, February 11, 2019 Love and Producer is a mobile game that follows the story of a young TV producer who is dedicated to reviving her late father’s TV show that explored mysterious incidents and anomalies revolving around Evols (humans with special powers). In the game, the female protagonist is dating four different men at the same time.

Three Months’ Salary for an Engagement Ring? For Most People, It’s More Like Two Weeks Quoctrung Bui, The New York Times, February 13, 2019 Buying an engagement ring can be an emotionally loaded purchase… The median American spends about 4 percent (or two weeks) of annual pretax income on an engagement ring, according to an online poll of 1,640 adults conducted for The Upshot by Morning Consult… The poor spend two months’ wages on rings.

Crucial Moments in Your Post-Breakup Instagram Story Monica Heisey (writer) and Jason Adam Katzenstein (cartoonist), The New York Times, February 15, 2019 Ending a relationship is hard, but telling mutual friends and loved ones you’ve split can be even harder… The people at Instagram Stories provided a method for the romantically bereaved to broadcast the message “I am really going through a breakup” without ever having to say “We just wanted different things” to an acquaintance on the street.

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