Thursday, April 24, 2008

TV Linked to Low Birth Rates

In Europe, and now also in the US among the caucasian population, there are declining birthrates. People attribute it to being selfish and waiting until much later in life to have children. But then I made a startling discovery. People don't want to have children because of their exposure to TV. Look at how any child under 3 years of age is portrayed on a television and you get one thing, crying and stress. Children of this age are often brought in to intensify the tension an adult character is dealing with. To increase that tension, the kid cries and is nothing but inconvenient and needy to the adult character. The second the tension disapears, so does the kid. So many of our youth watch these dramatic shows and share in the anxiety of the character they are sympathetic to. "Look at how hard it is, there is no way I would want to have children. I'm not ready right now." So the result is they wait until they are in their upper 30s or 40s to have child number one. Then when that first child proves to not be so bad as little baby Aaron from Lost, they count their blessing. "Well, I better stop at one. Don't want to press my luck. Our little darling was special, not like those TV babies". And then they are done.

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