I've always been curious as to why some people choose not to have children.
Environmental Impact, Overpopulation.
Economic Impact, Logistics - It's around $250k to raise from (pre)birth to adulthood. That's full time jobs for the couple in addition to parenting. This generation can barely keep a job to sustain themselves. And that's assuming no debt and habits of reckless expenditure.
Stress Levels, Unhappiness, Sleep, Poor Eating and Lifestyle Habits - Satisfaction is mostly derived from the long term and looking behind on accomplishments, as the present is always taxing.
Passing Down Physical and Mental Health Issues - Plus there's an increased chance of severe handicaps & miscarriage when the mother's beyond the age of 40. And also having to serve as a guide to the kid is ~50% of what they become.
Marital Issues - Whilst in some cases the tension strengthens resolve to stick together (at least until the kid's grown up), if it's not part of the cause for the high divorce rate in others, then it definitely affects the kid. There's really no guarantee what might happen.
Infertility, lack of parental instinct.
No partner or not hetero.
Bad experiences in childhood, or as informed by peers - I'd say that's prolly the first reason, discarding the notion ere weighing any of the above factors (or as a mix thereof). There's so much more candour regarding the faults and drawbacks than say the 50s.
In some parts of the world, numerous couples have decided to remain childless. Some do so for economic reasons; others do it because they want to be free to pursue a lucrative career. Among Christians, there are also couples who refrain from having children.
The task of rearing children is especially difficult in these “last days” of “critical times hard to deal with.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Apart from worsening economic conditions, the increasing godlessness of society adds to the challenges of child rearing today.
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