Accuracy in Media

Somewhere, the Shakers are smiling. The religious sect – an offshoot of the Quakers – has declined in membership to the point where all that is left is a tiny village in Maine because of their commitment to celibacy.

Now, has posted a story that says the Shakers are on to something. “The worst decision you can ever make is to have a child, according to science,” the headline reads.

“The worst decision you can ever make is to have a child, according to science,” the headline reads.

You may love them. They may bring you much happiness and maybe even care in your dotage. But, citing Greg and Mitch, who apparently have a YouTube “science” show, the piece says to forget all that and remain childless.

“Scientific studies have shown that having a child can severely effect [sic] numerous things in your life ranging from money to sleep and even sex.” No argument there. Money, sleep and sex do change when children enter a family.

The piece cites a study in Bustle that says 70 percent of couples experience slumps in their relationship within the first three years of a child’s birth.

“This can be attributed to a variety of things, including less intimacy, less money, differences in opinion on how to raise the child, and an overall lack of time spent together,” the article reads.

“Marital satisfaction rates actually plummet after the birth of the first child. So if a couple has the idea that a baby will bring them closer, thing again,” psychologist Ellen Walker told Bustle.

Again, things do change, babies do take up time, cost money and present topics for parents to debate. But the psychologist’s quote hinges on a different matter – whether couples imbue the baby with healing powers for already troubled relationships.

The piece then claims parents lose six months of sleep in the first two years of a baby’s life and average only 2.5 hours of sleep per night. There are nights when young children rob us of rest, but this overstates the problem by several orders of magnitude.

And yes, it means 3 percent less spending money – although given the parents are exhausted, this does not present much of a problem.

And finally, there is the lefty claim that avoiding having a child will help with the “threat of overpopulation.” Scientists predict the world’s population will exceed 10.5 billion by 2050, it says. “Therefore, by not having a kid, you could be saving the planet.”

Actually, demographers expect this to be the first century in world history where population does not appreciably grow, but no matter. And if everyone takes this nonsense seriously, there would be no kids – and within a few decades – no people at all.

Which raises the question the mainstream media never gets to with all its advocacy of left-wing population control messaging. Who are we saving the planet for? 

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  • samo war

    who is mafia boss in usa ?????

  • JES

    Yes, we did spend loads of money on our children, especially when they went to college. Yes, we did devote endless hours to our children, but they were more than worth it! We had some many invaluable moments together, and still do, even in their 30s. Anyone who says don’t have children because of …….(all of the above) is an idiot, unless their children will definitely become terminally ill or something, due to genetics. Even then…priceless and worth it all. It makes/they make life interesting and fulfilling at every stage of life. 🙂


    You lose sleep because of your kids for the rest of your life, not just the first couple of yrs. If we don’t have children though, who will there be to save everything when we are gone. To learn and do better than we did, to maybe go places we never got to. To design things we never dreamed of and build things we couldn’t conceive. All the sacrifices for your children are worth it in the long run, I regret not a single moment. You can tell this person writing this article has no children and is too self centered to ever raise a child, it is better that this person doesn’t have children, ever.

  • mioahu

    Thanx for the advice, science
    ….i did already make that worst mistake, twice, and i would do it again ….only leftists can come up with this stuff….but i won’t be sad if they Would stop making more like them ?

  • Payne A. Tension

    I am with you there! If only those worshiping in the “Church” of progressivism and lefty science would take a vow of celibacy.