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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2001 ➔ Emotional Drain


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Steven Kalev (designer)
Chris Romero (thesis advisor)
Anezka Sebek (thesis advisor)




I decide to use my thesis as an investigation of relationships, particularly why  they have become so fragile. A successful long lasting relationship has become an  increasingly rare commodity in modern Western societies. Our ideas concerning the  “family unit” have been radically changed. We live in a society today with an extremely  high divorce rate, the numbers are staggering. The U.S., which has become the model for  much of the modern world, has itself gone from the most marrying society in the world to  the one with the most divorces according to a study by The Council on Families in  America1. They also note that the percentage of married adults decreased to 62 percent  from 72 percent between 1970 and 1990, and that 50 percent of first marriages are likely  to end in divorce. Communication between men and women, or lack their of, has  surfaced as a glitch in our society.




Steven Kalev. Emotional Drain. 2001. Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses; 2001 . New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 18 Sep 2019.

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