Saturday, March 19, 2011

Birth Rates in Europe

I know a woman who has three kids.  She says that sometimes, when she's in the supermarket, complete strangers will stop her and say, "You're not going to have any more children, right?"

That is one of the rudest things I can think of, and I can't believe this has happened more than once.  What's wrong with having more than one kid?

It's not just the people here who think it's bad to have multiple children.  Almost everywhere, people today are having less children than previous generations did.  In fact, in some European countries, the birth rate is less than one.  The governments are started to become seriously worried, because if this keeps up, their populations will be cut in half.

It'll be interesting to see how Europe deals with this in the future.

Okay, so that's the bad news.  Here's the good news: not everyone in Europe has decided to stop having children.  In fact, there are two big groups in Europe with a high birth rate.  Can you guess who?  It's the Catholics and the Muslims, because both those religions have a strong anti-birth control policy.  Makes sense that they have a higher birth rate than others.

Now, I'm not a biologist, but if I understand evolution correctly, this means that in a few generations, the percentage of Catholics and Muslims in Europe is going to skyrocket.  Again, it'll be interesting to see how Europe deals with this in the future.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do agree that it is rude but to be honest kids are a hassle. I can understand why adults don't want kids. Debt,work,lost a job. But since the world is gonna end in armaggedon why have kids. Whoops to much detail.



Jessica

Anonymous said...

that is very rude to ask someone if they will have more kids. that is almost as rude as asking someone when "the baby" is due and that woman is not even pregnat!

Anonymous said...

i wonder why you did it on Europe and not another country? that is the mystery that will never be sloved..... what happens in Michael's brain. :)

Anonymous said...

kids are a hassel. i can understand why the birth rate in Europe and our own country is going down. but still asking someone if they will have more kids is rude.

Anonymous said...

It's rude, but most people can't afford more than a few kids. I don't see why it's anyone's business. More couples should look into adopting or fostering kids because there are a lot of children who never get to experience loving families.

Miriam said...

Mormons also have a lot of kids :) we don't do birth control stuff, either. My family has 6 kids in it, so I have a lot of nephews and nieces :D

S and D Hobbit said...

I like that you're posting more current events opinions recently! My younger brother was born when I was 10, so I learned really fast how much work helping with a child can be and I honestly don't know if I'd ever want to have more than two kids. I can see the value in that though. My dad was the third of five and when we go for vacation where his family lives, there's such a nice atmosphere of family which only occurs when there were several children to begin with. You make me think! :)

Emily said...

Stopping people in the supermarket - that's one of the rudest things I've ever heard. Where I live, there are lots of people with three kids.

dr.david-dan said...

I am from Europe and what.... asking someone to stop making children???!! I think every mother if she gets asked if she gonna have more children should go to police. I hear that someone say to a mother who had a children that if she gonna make another children and not abort him he will kill her! Yuck.......

Anonymous said...

Love-Love-Love your walkthroughs. That being said, Your last paragraph-

(Now, I'm not a biologist, but if I understand evolution correctly, this means that in a few generations, the percentage of Catholics and Muslims in Europe is going to skyrocket. Again, it'll be interesting to see how Europe deals with this in the future.),

I believe, doesn't fit. I mean, biology and evolution go together but it takes much much longer than a few generations. Also, I thought evolution is when actual body adaptations change due to environment. Example, sharks have basically stayed the same for millions of years because they had no known enemy's, that is until modern man came along. Evolution doesn't help living things survive stupidity or economic hardship. If they go extinct, nature never could have saved them. If people of different culture, religion, or economically challenged die out, and Catholics and Muslims followers increase, nature could have never saved them either. Unless evolution makes women resistant to birth control.

Maddie said...

My mom was the youngest of 12! 6 boys, 6 girls, NO twins! I have cousins I don't even know!

Anonymous said...

Catching up on your blog and had to reply to this...

Have you ever heard of the subject Human Geography? I'm actually taking it in school. Part of teh course deals with popualtion, and therefore birth rates.

There are tons of reasons why the burth rate has lowered in Europe, but eh bottom line is: they are developed. Less developed coutnries still rely on their children as a workforce and surcirity for the elderly/parents. And no, I'm not making a age joke. Just think about it, the parents will end up as elderly who can no longer work in the fields. These counties generally don't have any social security. In addition, the people of these nations don't have the access to birth control that we do.

Interesting enough, the birth rate of the US is actually higher than Europe, because of immigrants and there culture.

Some European countries have tried to stimulate their countries growth, with mixed results. But several countries are experiencing a growth rate of 0.1%.

But, yes, it is interesting. And truly shocking that anyone would be so rude to actually do that!

Yeah, sorry about the long comment, I've been studing this subject A LOT. *blush*

Love your blog!

Violet said...

That's rude! I know several families with 5 or 6 kids, and my friends dad was the second oldest of 14 kids. I plan to have more than one kid in the future, AND I'm Catholic so I don't believe in birth control.