As mind-numbing as MTV's Teen Mom may be, the television show is causing serious societal changes as American moms are older than ever, according to a new report from the Center for Disease Control. As the horrors of teenage motherhood hit the small screen, less teens are getting pregnant and, as a result, the average age of first birth mothers increased from 24.9 years in 2000 to 26.3 years in 2014. Washington D.C. and Oregon experienced the largest increase in age.
Chinese government abandons "one-child policy" to bridge gender gap
1. China has its fair share of social issues, but none as pressing as the widening gap between its male and female populations. In 2014, there were 33 million more men than woman in the country. Economist worry that the gap will drain China's economy in the long run. One economist's solution? Wife sharing. Professor Xie Zuoshi believes allowing rural farmers to share one wife will curb the problems created by the gender gap.
2. The Chinese government has a better idea. Yesterday, state media announced that China is giving its "one-child policy" the boot. Many blame the policy for the gender gap as traditional Chinese norms value a male heir thus putting pressure on Chinese families to produce male offspring. With the updated policy, Chinese couples will be allowed two children.
3. Is China on the right track to shrink its widening gender gap?
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What's worse than losing your life partner, your job or your marriage? Here's a hint: it involves dirty diapers. A happiness survey of more than 2,000 Germans taken before, and after, the first year of parenthood found that raising a child had a profoundly negative effect on the parents' satisfaction with life. The survey, which helps explains Germany's stagnant population growth, surprised researchers as happiness decreased equally between genders, as both fathers and mothers reported increased dissatisfaction. So, next time you recieve the infamous "When am I going to be a grandmother?" text from your mom, just have the full report on standby.
$66,000. That's the annual amount it would take to offset the time stress new mothers experience after having a child, at least according to Daniel Hamermesh, an economist at the University of Texas in Austin. Hamermesh’s working study is one of the first to apply a dollar amount to “time stress,” the overwhelmed feeling parents endure after having a child. By combining research from Australian and German studies that polled some 7,000 new parents, Hamermesh concluded that fathers feel far less stretched for time than their maternal counterparts, reporting “time stress” of just 5 to 8 percent compared to a mother’s response of 20 to 22 percent. “If I were a feminist, I would love this,” Hamermesh told FiveThirtyEight.