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  • The expectations of society for individuals to complete or achieve certain milestones by a certain age. These expected milestones can include marriage, having children, and so on. There are cultural differences with regard to the social clock. For example, while it is anticipated in some cultures that people marry in their teenage years, other cultures may emphasize marriage in later years. One implication of the social clock is that people who have not completed certain milestones may feel inadequate. The social norms underlying the social clock are adaptable to change. For example, in many Westernized countries, the age at which women first give birth has increased in recent years. Consequently, the social clock that determines at which age women are expected to give birth has ...

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