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US Birthrate Plummets to Lowest in 25 Years

3 responses to “US Birthrate Plummets to Lowest in 25 Years

  1. MNL September 21, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    What the graph in the first link doesn’t tell you is that the US birth rate has been on a general decline since at least the turn of the 20th century–over 100 years of history. Sure, there’s a cyclical component that appears at first glance to be somewhat tied to the economy. But to pin this on the current economic recession–as some of the headlines do–is a red herring.

  2. Abelard Lindsey September 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    That the birth-rates of the lesser educated and poorer people are declining faster than that of the more affluent educated people seems to me as very positive news. This is great as far as I’m concerned! It means we’re not going to become the idiocracy after all.

    Does anyone want to explain to me how this can be bad news?

    • Giovanni Dannato September 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Have I implied it was bad news?

      I posted this because it means the trend that has frightened so many of us may be slowing down or even reversing.

      Like you say, no idiocracy is indeed great news.
      It’s also gotten my attention lately that Muslims in many regions across the world are also starting to have lower birth rates.

      It seems the spread of Western-influenced urban lifestyles, spread of education for both genders(educated females are the ultimate fertility depressant), combined with scarcity of resources in this present depression is slowing down the growth of economic underclasses around the world.

      One counter-intuitive pattern:
      Cultures that have very high rates of childbirth are typically those that have traditionally experienced very high child mortality.
      So people always had as many children as they could so they could be as sure as possible of having enough surviving children to work the farm and take care of them in old age.
      As child mortality decreases in many parts of the world, people start having many less children after a generation or two.
      Educated women who join the labor force and who understand contraceptives seals the deal.

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