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    US Fertility Rates Have Plummeted Into Uncharted Territory, And Nobody Knows Why

    US Fertility Rates Have Plummeted Into Uncharted Territory, And Nobody Knows Why
    The US birth rate has hit a new record low, with women in nearly every age group giving birth to fewer babies than a year ago.

    New figures show just 60.2 babies were born in 2017 for every 1,000 women of 'childbearing' age (15-44) a low not seen in the US since officials began charting national birth rates decades ago.
    There are other key measures to track birth rates in addition to the GFR, but each of them suggest essentially the same thing: that fertility in the US is falling significantly, and for reasons that researchers don't entirely understand.
    Is this a problem to be solved, a blessing to be enjoyed, or somewhere in between? What do you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    US Fertility Rates Have Plummeted Into Uncharted Territory, And Nobody Knows Why




    Is this a problem to be solved, a blessing to be enjoyed, or somewhere in between? What do you think?
    I would say a problem to be solved....

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    Probably a shove further into The Handmaid's Tale territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    I would say a problem to be solved....
    Why is it a problem?

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    Why is it a problem?
    If there are a great many couples TTC (trying to conceive) and that number is growing, it would be nice for all of them if a problem and then a solution could be found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StanStill View Post
    Why is it a problem?
    Well, unfortunately humans can only live for a finite amount of time... The ability to have babies extends that potential duration that humans will be around.

    The way I see it, because there are so many stupid people having babies... it's kinda selfish for those people who are reasonably, or more intelligent to only be having 1 child for 2 people as an average. The smart people should be having at least as many babies as the stupid people for balance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Well, unfortunately humans can only live for a finite amount of time... The ability to have babies extends that potential duration that humans will be around.

    The way I see it, because there are so many stupid people having babies... it's kinda selfish for those people who are reasonably, or more intelligent to only be having 1 child for 2 people as an average. The smart people should be having at least as many babies as the stupid people for balance.
    I'm... fairly smart... I think. And my wife is MUCH smarter than I am. We have two, thus far. Is that ok?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    If there are a great many couples TTC (trying to conceive) and that number is growing, it would be nice for all of them if a problem and then a solution could be found.
    Oh... guess I should have read the article. So are they saying that something is causing people to be infertile, or just that people are delaying having children to the point where they only have time to have 1 or 2, like in their late 30s, early 40s? To me it sounds like an advancement when women don't feel like they have to "commence procreation phase" as soon as they get married, and they don't feel the need to get married before they turn 21.

    The best population control has always been educated women.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmanmcfly View Post
    Well, unfortunately humans can only live for a finite amount of time... The ability to have babies extends that potential duration that humans will be around.

    The way I see it, because there are so many stupid people having babies... it's kinda selfish for those people who are reasonably, or more intelligent to only be having 1 child for 2 people as an average. The smart people should be having at least as many babies as the stupid people for balance.
    I think maybe you're overreacting if you think that a slowing in the birthrate means that 7 billion people will become extinct any time soon, ( at least not because of birthrates.)

    As for stupid people having babies, that's what public education is for. Millions have been lifted out of stupidity thanks to free education.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    US Fertility Rates Have Plummeted Into Uncharted Territory, And Nobody Knows Why




    Is this a problem to be solved, a blessing to be enjoyed, or somewhere in between? What do you think?
    Both. I think fewer people overall lessens things like food pressures and things that lead to over population. However, we need a vibrant youth to take care of our elders whether its in terms of working to fund SS and Medicare or becoming nurses, doctors and aides. A few years ago when my mom was alive, they sent her a home health aide. The aide was almost the same age as she was and struggled to do things to help my mother. It was very sad especially when the service told us there just isnt the numbers of young people out there to do this sort of thing. That bodes badly for the next two decades or so when the bulk of boomers are going to need care.
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