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Birth rates drop to all-time low

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by rivergator, May 5, 2021.

  1. PD

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    A) Good.
    B) I would wager birth rates went down again because when locked down together and the stress of the pandemic was added and compounded weekly, daily, sometimes hourly, couples across the map developed more emotional distance than they’ve ever had in their lives, while having the least physical distance they’ve ever had.

    Mental health has been crushed by this pandemic, as have domestic relationships on all levels. As a therapist friend of mine said recently, this pandemic has crippled more marriages than infidelity or incompatibility ever did.
     
  2. Gatorhead

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    Like my old Girlfriend said:

    Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

    I have done well with my 2 dogs and 3 cats, they still tolerate me...........
    especially at mealtime!
     
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  3. ThePlayer

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    No boinking goes on when you move back into your parents basement. :oops:
     
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  4. NavyGator93

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    Sorry you had to go through that, has to be tough. Both the no boinking and the rebound to parent's place.
     
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  5. exiledgator

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    And abstinence makes the wand grow harder
     
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  6. exiledgator

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    Could be good, could be bad. Depends on how effectively governments, economies, and societies react and adjust to it.

    In the short term during a decline, you'd have a very aged population creating crisis in dependency and end of life care/costs.

    Under our current economic structure, you'd see permanent recession and deflation.

    With a smaller and older population, innovation would be harder to find. Quality labor as well.

    Military challenges are obvious.

    Hard adjustments will have to be made
     
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  7. RIP

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    Good.
     
  8. BLING

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    It’s probably good for some things, like environmental issues and sustainability.

    But our economic system pretty much depends on population growth to leverage up some sort of GDP growth. A slowing and aging population is an anchor dragging on economic activity.
     
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  9. tilly

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    I agree 100%. I hear people talk about reducing human drag though and chuckle when I hear we may be in trouble if we do.
    It isnt how many people, as much as what those people are doing.

    Can the entire population of the earth still stand side by side in Duval County? I know it could recently at least.
    If conservation efforts grow with the growth we will be fine.

    That is a big IF though.
     
  10. homer

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    Kill all the old people.

    WAIT! That’s me
     
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  11. tilly

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    Have to figure many if not most of those were in harms way already. Not sure if that's true, but I imagine it is.

    I honestly imagine that what is really down are unwanted pregnancies. (inside of marriage and outside)
    People are taking extra caution to not put further strain on their finances. We may see a boom as people return to normalcy.

    If I had to guess, it is that simple.
     
  12. gatorknights

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    Me too bro!

    At least I was able to squirrel enough nuts away so that my old ass is not a drain. Yet. o_O
     
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  13. exiledgator

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    Maybe, but I wouldn't count on it. It's been in a downward trend since post war (boomers). That's a 70 year trend and I don't see any catalyst that will make it go back up.
     
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  14. BigCypressGator1981

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    My wife and I are about to start trying for numero 2. Help bring up the numbers a bit.
     
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  15. exiledgator

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    Nice!

    I wish you many failed attempts before you're successful! ;):D

    When we decided on two, I hit a HR in my first AB. :(
     
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  16. BigCypressGator1981

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    Exactly what I'm thinking!
     
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  17. Emmitto

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    Pro tip, drying won’t get it done.
     
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  18. RIP

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    My wife and I are contributors to the low birth rates. We decided a long time ago that bringing a child into this world wasn't a good idea for us. I have a consultation to finally get snipped tomorrow.
     
  19. philnotfil

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    Or we could redefine our economic goals and not put growth on a pedestal.
     
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  20. NavyGator93

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    Muy Macho.
     
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