Why in the past children were more?
October 20, 2010 12:05am CST
I live in country with huge public aging problem. Here people much more die than born new ones. But when researching our nation history we can see that only some 50 years ago there still where popular family model with more than 3 childrens, sometimes there were families with 9-12 childrens. I wanted to know what happened and is the only real reason for this is modern society, crysis and other factors. Yes, maybe most of them must take blame on current situation here, but i found why this problem caused! You will not believe it - its all in electricity! Lets just imagine our modern life - we all get back home after hard working day, then we turn on the light and start to watch TV or read some books, then with such tiredness we go to bed and sleep. And now imagine life 100 years ago - family members come back from hard working day, but they dont have TV, electricity and if there is autumn or winter outside the window then evenings quickly darkens. So they go to bed early, they dont want to sleep, but they have only one petroleum lamp and there nothing realy to do around it, so they do what they should do in bed. Ok, all this my theory is big joke, but still its was fun to think about that from this perspective. :D
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20 Oct 10
I think it is a natural response to over population. Humans become violent and greedy in situation where resources are scarce, just like an animal. Plus, disease thrive among high population centers, another natural response. It is all natures balancing. This is just my favorite theory. "What humans need is a natural predator, then we will no longer need to fill that role ourselves." -Me
20 Oct 10
sorry, but it still doesnt sounds normal to mee. Why then over populated places generate more population than those where is lack of population like in my country. We here have nice weather, ok maybe a little bit too cold, but still, we have woods, land for farming, we have anything exept of population! But just look at China, India and other places... . Ok, there is a racist theory that big population growth is there where people live in bad conditions (third world countries), but i cannot agree with that too. I think real reason is a mix of many aspects - cultural changes, economical, etc... .
20 Oct 10
No need to apologize, I appreciate an interesting conversation =) I misunderstood your discussion topic. You have a small population but it continues to decline. That is very interesting and I think you are right, it is most likely a mix of reasons. What country do you live in?
20 Oct 10
I live in Latvia. Of course our population is not decreasing only because of low birth rate, but mainly because of emigration to UK due to crysis here. You know once i mage my family tree and collected data about generations before me until year ~1700 and i must say that for example childrens per one family now is decreased by 6 times - in 1700 latvian family had 6-12 childrens, now i have 2. I would want to have more childrens by myself, but still its hard to grow up kids here in so bad economical sistuation in country.
20 Oct 10
There's some truth to what you're saying, but in my opinion I don't blame it to electricity alone. I believe it's the advent of technology that's more responsible for the decrease of population. People nowadays spend more time in front of the computer, communicating through cellphones and enjoying themselves to the latest gadgets. They fail to notice the real essence of having a real relationship. And because of these technology, people feel the urge to work more in order to compete with other countries. Husbands spend less time at home and mothers engage themselves with what the internet has to offer.