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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