Are Children No Longer Valuable?
To Be or Not to Be a Parent
This NPR article states many of the new concerns of the last 3 decades. The title "Is Having a Child a Rational Decision?" says a lot about where we have come in terms of the value of career success over family. It was once expected of every person to pair off and reproduce it some point during young adulthood, but now it is almost seen as a lack of insight/understanding to have children. It is argued in this article that maybe having a child is neither rational nor irrational, but perhaps "outside the scope" of reasoning. It seems that many biological functions are being questioned when they were merely accepted as a prerequisite, not an option.
The American Dream Has Changed
Many of us were made to examine the works of Horatio Alger in English class and respond to his American dream in an essay. I am convinced that certain aspects of the dream have changed, and according to a March 2013 NPR article, I am not alone.
Childlessness Has Increased Amongst Women
According to Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends, a 28-year study released in 2010 showed an increase in childlessness amongst women with a surprising increase in childbearing amongst women with advanced degrees. It was noted that childlessness was increased in all ethnic groups, but there was no data representative of abortions or miscarriages.
One of the most interesting observations is the split opinions of the persons polled about the importance of bearing children. 38% agreed the trend is a detriment to society, while 46% felt the birth of a child did not add to or take away from a women's fulfillment in life.
There has also been an increase in childless middle aged couples. The times are changing.
A Natural Phase Turned Choice
Here's Looking At You, Kid
Do you feel children are a blessing are a burden?
Why Haven't You Two Had a Kid?
Nowadays the issue of childbearing is a sensitive topic, sparking internet rants such as this one. The onslaught of supreme personal space as well as the connected disconnectedness of cyberland seems to have bred a backlash to what was a simple and even expected question to young married couples. The thought of a new baby being brought into the world through a loving marriage was positive, but now couples are angered and even disgusted at the question, no matter what the motivation may be. It is a sign of the times. With every societal shift, it seems certain values are strengthened while others are weakened.