“Adoption—cocooning is a major demographic trend in the United States”

“Will you be cocooning this weekend? Staying home with the kids? Looking for a good book to read?” —Judith Land, author & adoptee

Social trend: “Cocooning” is the name given to the rapidly increasing American demographic trend toward stay-at-home behavior. More individuals are retreating into their homes and socializing less often in public. Cocooning behavior is made possible by creation of the internet, advances in communication, electronic shopping, labor laws, cost of operating traditional businesses, and revolutionary home entertainment technology.

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Ebooks sales surged in 2012-2013 in the United States. Other countries are soon to follow. The Association of American Publishers reported that there were more e-books sold last year than hardcovers for the first time ever. Hardcover books sell in the $30 range while the same versions on iPads, Nooks, Kindles, Sony Readers and other tablets for around $10. Apple quietly increased the availability of their iBooks store from 16 to 50 countries in 2013.

Business trend: Cocooning is reflective of a dramatic change in social behavior that is forcing many businesses to change marketing strategies, modify business practices, develop new products and services, and think globally. Websites, cell phones and internet connections are more relevant for mining new customers than the traditional visibility on main street. When the same work can be done from home, expensive office space is eliminated, and the high cost of commuting, travel, wardrobe, meals, lodging and per diem is reduced. Workers have fewer distractions. They are happier because they eat better, sleep better, and have more flexibility in their schedules. They appreciate the opportunity to multitask and the extra time available to pursue special interests, recreation, exercise and family because they can keep more of the money they earn.

Adoption trend: Psychologists tout the value of secure environments that are easy to learn as being more conducive for early bonding with children who are fostered and adopted. There has been a significant increase in home schooling in recent years. Students taught at home consistently score higher than the national average on the SAT and ACT standardized tests and do better in college.

Book Trend: Cocooning has fueled Internet sales of iPads and tablets and book sales. The number of iBooks and e-Books sold by Apple, Sony, Kobo, Amazon, B&N, Google and other popular internet booksellers is expected to dramatically increase in the near term.

Architectural trend: Cocooning is affecting residential design and remodels with an evolution toward dedicated media rooms, home offices, computer desks, wireless electronic components and printers and other conveniences. Large screen televisions, stereos, tablet computers, comfortable furniture, and backyard patios and grills are other products that enhance the stay-at-home experience that is perceived as safer, less expensive, and more enjoyable than participating in activities outside the home.

Source: The term cocooning was coined by marketing consultant and trend forecaster Faith Popcorn in 1981.

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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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