Our recent issue of our Leisure eNewsletter included the article, Where have all the babies gone, that discusses the continuing baby bust, the continuing decline in the birth rate since 2007 that has resulted in the birth of 4.9 million fewer babies than if the birth rate up to 2007 had continued.
One of our readers wrote this back to us: “I just wanted to comment on your article about fewer babies. Over Father’s Day weekend, we had a long discussion with our younger son John and his wife Diana (ages 33 and 32). They don’t plan to have any children and quickly listed five couples that they know who are also not planning to have children. They are all college educated with good jobs, but they look at the world and don’t want to bring a child into it, because they all think the world is only going to get worse, not better, especially in terms of the haves and have-nots, and they believe the have-nots are only going to get more violent. All of the couples I’m talking about would be great parents, but they’ve intentionally decided not to have children, including the adoption option.
“We talked about the world after WWI, WWII, Korean Conflict, and Vietnam Conflict and asked them what would have happened if none of us who went through those eras had children, because we were afraid. Their only response was that it’s different now as there are fewer jobs and lower wages than ever before and the distance between the haves and have-nots is so much larger. One couple moved to England, one couple moved to France, and our son is thinking about moving to Spain. Brian and I really didn’t have a good argument for having children and just listened. It was a little scary, and then along comes your article to add to the scary feeling.”
I can’t tell you whether the above is the primary cause for the baby bust, but it sure makes you think about where younger adults think the worldis today and headed in the future. Yes, it is a little scary.