Common Human Needs According to Age (most likely to show up)

A list of common needs to challenge and inspire designers, developers, and problem solvers.

Small business selling fruit in Lagos. Photo by Mary on Unsplash

How to use this list:

  • discounts on baby food items.
  • discounts for breastfeeding mums.
  • relieve stress for breastfeding mums.
  • donate baby food items.
  • build apps that enable people to randomly gift baby food items.
  • blog posts on baby food items and prices
  • how to posts for challenges with feeding babies
  • social media content sharing knowledge on breastfeeding

0–5

  • Need for Comfort
  • Need for Security
  • Novelty
  • Body Growth

6–10

  • Imagination
  • Play
  • Exploration
  • First School
  • Understanding of Immediate Environments

11–16

  • Peer Pressure
  • Making Friends
  • Schoolwork
  • Understanding of Responsibility
  • Understanding of Status/Class
  • Understanding of Gender Expectations
  • First Romantic Interests
  • Breaking off from Dependence
  • School examinations
  • First Negative Addictive Behaviours

17–21

  • Personal Identity
  • Independent Thinking
  • More Responsibility for Self
  • First Romantic Interests
  • Understanding of Status/Class
  • Understanding of Gender Expectations
  • Schoolwork
  • Supporting Job
  • Dating
  • First Negative Addictive Behaviours

22–29

  • Socialising
  • Need for Job Security
  • Start of Career
  • Desire for Life Partner
  • Need for Financial Security
  • Independence
  • Dating
  • First marriage
  • First time Parent
  • Job Hunt
  • Career Decisions/Constraints/Challenges
  • Negative/Addictive Behaviourial Patterns

30–35

  • Asset Growth & Portfolio Management
  • Desire for Quality Relationships
  • Independence
  • First time Parent
  • Dating
  • Job Stress
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Homebuilding responsibilities
  • Family responsibilities
  • Quality Network
  • Loneliness
  • Independence
  • Travel & Vacations
  • Change in Location

36–40

  • Seeking Stability
  • A Full House
  • Family & Long-term relationship responsibilities
  • Job Security
  • Career growth & Promotions
  • Growing Children
  • Financial responsibilities
  • Homebuilding responsibilities
  • Family responsibilities
  • Quality Network
  • Loneliness

41–49

  • Need for Recognition
  • Negative addictive behaviours
  • Course correction or Pivots in career or marriage
  • Teen Children
  • Financial obligations and responsibilities
  • Ageing Parents

50–60

  • Aged Parents
  • Need for Recognition
  • Health responsibilities
  • Empty nest
  • Retirement plans
  • Life Inventory & Reflections
  • College/University Children

61–70

  • Health responsibility
  • Need for Recognition
  • Working children
  • Grandchildren
  • Empty home
  • Reduced circle or community
  • Difficulty adapting to new tech
  • Freed time
  • Life inventory

71–80

  • Insecurity about living conditions
  • Health conditions
  • Wealth of knowledge
  • Reduced interaction with others
  • Apportioning of assets
  • Grandchildren
  • Free time
  • Life Inventory
  • Need for Living Assistance (human + tech)
  • Grandchildren
  • Family history
  • Crystallised knowledge
  • Life inventory
  • Health conditions
  • Need for Living Assistance
  • Need for Comfort
  • Need for Security
  • Need for Family & Community
  • Health Conditions
  • Need for Living Assistance
  • Need for Comfort
  • Need for Security
  • Need for Family & Community
  • Health Conditions

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Adaku Nwakanma

Digital product designer and amateur cyclist living in Abuja, Nigeria.