A disturbing new report reveals that Millennials are not having enough babies to replace the generation that came before them.
According to Indy100.com, the fertility rate in 2010 was 2.1, meaning it kept pace with deaths.
The most recent data shows the number is 1.8. That means “negative” population growth.
“The fertility rate decline is driven entirely by millennial mothers in their teens and twenties. Birth rates for all age groups of women under 30 fell to record lows in 2016,” the Negative Population Growth report said.
The report suggests that several “rites of passage” are being delayed — including moving out of your parent’s home and marriage.
“Millennials came of age during the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” the report noted. “Many saw their parents lose their jobs, their homes, and their dignity – and vowed they would not repeat those mistakes.”
“As a result, life-cycle milestones so prized by their Baby Boomer parents – the first driver’s license, marriage, children, home-ownership – are postponed, or abandoned altogether, by millennials,” the report said.
This should really come as no surprise, since these days, Millennials are really big babies themselves. Many modern young people try to avoid adulthood and its responsibilities, at all costs. The idea of having babies does not appeal to Millennials because they fancy themselves to be children well into their 20s and 30s.
There was a time when college campuses were the places where young people transitioned from children to adults as they were exposed to new ideas and opinions that were different from their own.
Unfortunately, those days are gone, as college campuses are now big "safe spaces." As a result, college graduates are effectively still children who have no interest in entering the adult world.
In the end, if we want Millennials to start having babies, we're going to have to start forcing them to grow up and act like adults.