POPULATION TREND OF THE MILLENIALS 1
Populationtrend of the Millennial
Populationtrend of the Millennial
Issuespertaining to populations have always been controversial in thecontemporary human society. This is so because, some people arguethat having more children is appropriate while others argue that manychildren increases their economic, political and social burden andwould rather have less than two babies. In the article “Weneed more babymakers”,Rampbell (2015) notes that historically, many countries discouragedchild birth to reduce the challenges that came up withoverpopulation. Similarly, America seems to have its own self-imposedpolicy concerning baby making. The one child policy is the currenttrend for the Middle- class Americans, the whites and the collegegraduates. This has led to a consequential decrease in population.The policy makers argue that there is an urgent need to increase thenumber of babies being born by the millennia’s so as to retain theAmerica’s prowess in the world. The big question lies on how suchbaby-making policy will be effected.
Tostart with, the number of babies the millennial couples are willingto have largely depends on the cost of living, with increased cost ofliving lowering the desire to have more babies. In the currenteconomic crisis, the couples are facing very high costs of livingcoupled with stagnation of wages and at times loss of jobs due to thecurrent restructuring by companies thus the couples end up postponinghaving children to better days in future.The better days willdepend on the economic recovery which may take longer than expected.Even in the so called future, the couples will not have the abilityto catch up with their desire to have more babies due to age orinfertility concerns that sets in with age.
Similarly,besides finances, the child bearing decisions are affected bylifestyle preferences and the birth control measures awareness. Morepeople prefer personal happiness which comes as a result ofindependence thus, ends up postponing child bearing so as to acquiregood education and consequently good careers. Also, women haveshifted from the traditional teaching and nursing jobs to moreinvolving and challenging careers making them have less time for family. While many people agree that making baby is fun, raising themis hectic. Therefore, most people have resulted to family planningmeasures so as to enhance their dream of staying single, independentand happy than having to face the challenges that come withparenting.
Theauthor’s argument is good to the extent that, there is need toincrease the population growth which is in the decline to ensure thatthe shifting of the age profile does not set in. However, it is notpossible to force people to have children who they do not want.Instead the government should resolve to at least make the conditionsfavorable for the Americans couples to have children that they want.These will somehow cub the delay and the postponing effect of Childbearing leading to a more favorable trend in population growth.
Theauthor’s argument convinces the reader since the current decline inpopulation growth is likely to result to a shift in age profile,where there are more old people than young energetic and productivepeople. This will shift the economic interests to focus more onhealth investment rather than in innovation and production. The stateis also more likely to have less military power leading to insecuritythreats and fall in economic prowess.
Inconclusion, the author has assumed that the increase in populationgrowth will lead to more innovation and productivity. Similarly, hismain justification of getting more babies is to take care of the oldand the retired. The main fact is that, having more babies will notease the economy off the burden of debt created in caring for theaged. Instead, the government should come up with long term deficitreduction plan that will reduce the spending of baby boomers toreduce the debt burden placed on the future generations.
Rampbell,C (2015). Whywe need more baby- maker. ChicagoTribune