This Week in Family
In a culture that prizes instantaneous communication, it can feel like life is always speeding up—and not for the better, writes Joe Pinsker. He interviewed Jason Farman, a media scholar at the University of Maryland, about the frustration that accompanies delays in communication, whether it’s a late response to an email or a text returned days later.
Lunchables, the beloved compartmentalized meals of kids across America, turned 30 years old this past week, and they’ve remained just as popular since their debut in the mid-1980s. Started as a way to repurpose bologna, the brand has expanded their offerings to foods like Mexican Style Chicken Tacos and Asian Style BBQ Chicken. Joe Pinsker examines the history of the ever-ubiquitous packaged lunch and how it’s remained relevant despite shifts in food trends and nutrition guidelines.
For many men, getting a vasectomy is a daunting endeavor, so some have turned it into a weekend activity with friends. The “brosectomy” has become a strategy to help men get the birth-control procedure, writes Lindsey Hunter Lopez. If male friends go under the knife together and recover together, then perhaps they can ease the fear of the big snip.