The number of babies born in the US in 2018 fell to the lowest level in 32 years, according to a 2019 report by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. The numbers indicate an ever-growing trend of more and more young people, especially millennials, opting for a childfree lifestyle.

Even though the joys of growing a child are undisputable, skipping parenthood may often seem an appealing decision to millennials who face college debts and enormous costs of living. Instead, many opt for the freedom of traveling, experiencing things, and cherishing their personal independence.

But in order to find out why exactly so many people make the decision of a childfree life, we have to look at what these people have to say themselves. So we rounded up some of the most illuminating tweets on the joys of life without kids that will surely give everyone a lot to think about.

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TheRachelFisher Report

Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
5 months ago

This needs to be at the top. I never even realized this before but this is so important.

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Kolkata_Chhori Report

Lucy Skinner
Community Member
5 months ago

Chosen families are valid too!!!

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DestryBrod Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Kudos! That is the cutest costume and child I have ever seen.

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To find out more about why some people opt not to have kids, Bored Panda reached out to Amy Blackstone, professor of sociology at the University of Maine and the author of “Childless by Choice: The Movement Redefining Family & Creating a New Age of Independence.

Amy explained that people opt out of parenthood for both internal and external reasons. In terms of the internal, “research shows that common reasons include a desire for autonomy, an interest in spontaneity, and a preference to nurture relationships with partners and others in their life.”

Another interesting finding according to Amy is that childfree people cite concern about the environment, concern over the state of world affairs, and concern for the children who are already here. “Increasingly, I'm hearing from childfree people that environmental concerns top their list of reasons for opting out of parenthood,” she said.

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DaveVescio Report

Aria
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Tbh I don’t want kids they are loud and messy and I don’t want to procreate please don’t downvote.

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ShalindaKirby Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Or children running on the same spot all day long.

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me
Community Member
5 months ago

They should be the one putting the dollar in!

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When asked about the kinds of joys that childless life can bring, Amy confessed she was happy to hear the question.

Amy, who leads a happy childfree life herself, said that “One of the most common myths about childfree people is that we live sad, lonely lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

“People without children report that they enjoy nurturing the bonds they share with their partners and friends, that they feel fulfilled by having the time and resources to give back to their communities, and that they appreciate the freedom to pursue a wide variety of interests, passions, and hobbies.”

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CrissRad Report

Hayley Rodgers
Community Member
5 months ago

Not to mention infertility is a thing, trauma is a thing, mental and physical health issues that are passed down are a thing. There are so many reasons someone might be childless and it isn't your business

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Jumilicious
Community Member
5 months ago

Amen to that.

Ozacoter
Community Member
5 months ago

This is one of the many reasons why I am CF. I would have serious problems if my kids were sexist, racist, proud to be uneducated, bullies etc. I wouldn’t be a good mother to them.

Black Karen
Community Member
5 months ago

Or you could just raise them to not be like that.

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René Kok
Community Member
5 months ago

I once read something like: it's not your child (like you own it) you are just it's guide in life while he/she follows it's own path.

Memento Mori
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh my god THANK YOU!!! Such a freaking relief to hear that. My parents will never understand that I am not them, I am not perfect, and I should be able to make my own decisions about my life.

Csilla Kaszas
Community Member
5 months ago

the saddest thing is, most parents don't have a plan - they get children, because that's what you are 'supposed' to do. Do they have the competence to raise a human being? who cares, their parents did it, it can't be that hard! (yes. yes it can. not that the question would ever cross their minds in the first place)

Wolfstar
Community Member
5 months ago

Hell yeahhh, this needs to be higher. Can't accept your kid being liberal, LGBTQ+, atheist, or a person who can think for themselves? Then don't have kids. There, simple as that.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
5 months ago

Haha! One of my kids, I won't say which, asked me one day what I'd say if they told me they were gay. I said, "Well, it's a lot like being left handed. You're made that way, there's nothing wrong with it, but it's harder - we live in, for better or worse, a right handed world."

sTeALtHy
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't get why people want to raise mini versions of themselves. If I ever have kids I would hope that they have the best and most successful life possible. I would hope for them to be open minded and kind to others. Don't raise a mini you, because that is not what we need. You need to give your kids a chance to grow into their own selves so they can make a difference. I would hope that my kids could have a better life then me, because they are the future of our world. The world already had one of you. What the world needs is something brand new to change things for the better. (Sorry for writing so long)

Lilac Beauty
Community Member
5 months ago

My parents need to read and believe this. Especially fulfilling dreams, like perfect grades, scholarships to college, a good-paying job among other things.

Lee Weirich
Community Member
5 months ago

My parents did that and still try to. I started cutting them off when I realized what was going on but still have tons of stuff to get through because of them.

Canadian in Cornwall
Community Member
5 months ago

I had a boyfriend in high school whose father lived his life through his son, forced him to play football cause dad hadn't been good at it so wanted son to do it for him. Lots of similar examples. Needless to say, son wasn't happy.

Xitlali Alvarez
Community Member
4 months ago

people shouldn't ask when they are gonna have a kid because you don't know what they lost.

CV
Community Member
5 months ago

This should go up, someone with logic!

Ruth Dyke
Community Member
5 months ago

True!!!

_
Community Member
5 months ago

The secret to good parenting is to work yourself out of a job!

Id row
Community Member
5 months ago

Anyone with that mentality wouldn't be reading this anyway.

Full Name
Community Member
5 months ago

This is why it drives me nuts when I see children at political protests. I don't care what the subject is, leave your goddamn kids out of it. Let them grow up and decide on their own.

Xan Maranya
Community Member
2 months ago

So, what if you could take your kids to protests and still let them decide on them own... which they are going to do anyway?

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KT
Community Member
5 months ago

Sounds like she carries a lot of baggage

Šimon Špaček
Community Member
5 months ago

Well, you are not 100% right. You absolutely have to form your child's values, believes and ideologies, unless you want fascist idiot at home.

Something
Community Member
5 months ago

No, you literally cannot. Your child is an actual person who makes choices. If you do everything right, your child could still turn out to be a fascist idiot.

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I'manoob!
Community Member
5 months ago

Because of that, I am amazed how parents do it. I just...can't imagine.

Xan Maranya
Community Member
2 months ago

But... if you are self-aware enough to consider these issues you actually do qualify for parenting.

Noah Gibson-fowlkes
Community Member
5 months ago

facts

Craptavaganza
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh yes, this!!

Petros Vrasivanopoulos
Community Member
5 months ago

Yup

Rissie
Community Member
5 months ago

But they are mini versions of their parents. Just usually in different combo's with some generation skipping traits in there. Great for self reflection though. If you're up to it...

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

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It's true - I was really afraid my kid would turn out straight. Thank God, that didn't happen.

Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
5 months ago

Nobody should have any sexuality wished or forced upon them, whether it be heterosexuality, homosexuality, or anything else. Never EVER let your own wants influence your child's identity. Just accept them for who & what they are.

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sauteslut Report

wandile dludlu
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes... that's all we want. if we feel like having a kid, we'll borrow a nephew or niece for a week just to get it out of our system

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Hayley Rodgers
Community Member
5 months ago

I refer to my human kids as "skin babies" all the time. They think it's hilarious. They also call our cats their brothers and sister

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WineWeedWife Report

nanashi
Community Member
5 months ago

children are EXPENSIVE, it's beyond me to think that people have more than one of them. AND you have to keep spending to care and nurture them until they are matured and ready for the world on their own. based on the culture you are raised from, that could range from 18y or until they have a stable job and/or married themselves.

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molly7anne Report

me
Community Member
5 months ago

Plus tattoos don't cry!

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#13

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HenpeckedHal Report

CB KittyValet
Community Member
5 months ago

and all the people in the restaurant also trying to have a nice meal.....

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#14

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SpikeReeds Report

Phoenix
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

*cheers with wine glass of grape juice* (Underage)

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#15

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goldengateblond Report

Gwen
Community Member
5 months ago

Priorities.

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OhNoSheTwitnt Report

JiminKimLip7
Community Member
5 months ago

That's my favourite!

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#17

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WheelTod Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Ha, ha, ha! God, that's too funny.

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slackmistress Report

MrsPossum
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Yes!! I never understand this. I once literally had a woman tell me I needed to have kids as soon as possible, then she spent the next ten minutes moaning about her kids and how she wished she'd never had them?! I thought that was pretty....weird.

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JonathanFowle10 Report

Helen Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

YES

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ElizaBayne Report

Julie C Rose
Community Member
5 months ago

As a childless/free/whatever woman who used to work 60-hour weeks until the pandemic hit, I’m gonna vote no.

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Vynse Report

NinjaWolfy94
Community Member
5 months ago

This should be higher, it's so accurate xD

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dafloydsta Report

And Peggy
Community Member
5 months ago

🍼👶🏽=😭

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#23

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NatashaMLee Report

me
Community Member
5 months ago

I consider my friends as my family, and I certainly don't plan on having children with them.

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enterrob Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

That was always what I said when I handed back my nieces and nephews to their parents.

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EmiBarry Report

MrsPossum
Community Member
5 months ago

Oooh yes, I get this a lot. Tattoos, no kids... It feels like it's open season on my life sometimes 😬

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LizHackett Report

Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
5 months ago

Plus when you realize nobody is actively destroying your house, you don't have to waste time/money on food they won't eat, & that you can own even mildly delicate things without fear.

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leenewtonsays Report

Candice Ravel
Community Member
5 months ago

Or working retail and seeing those little crotch goblins screaming and throwing s**t everywhere. I actually feel my ovaries shrivel up when I witness this.

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mdob11 Report

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

Ha! My ex-wife did this at a gathering of my family once. No one ever handed her a baby again.

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jdelwoo Report

nanashi
Community Member
5 months ago

if they're under 12mth, or you are telling your doctor of their age, it's acceptable to go by months. over a year old, please just say the years.

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ohnoNOTFEMINISM Report

Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
5 months ago

I love that the person who posted this is using an avatar of Princess Caroline, a character whose major arc on the show "BoJack Horseman" is that she really REALLY wants to have a kid.

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The_ME_Ellison Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
5 months ago

Let’s apply that to commited couples who are not married. A lot of people in our generation doesn’t marry, at least in Europe.

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mdob11 Report

me
Community Member
5 months ago

I mean they're not wrong, the pictures are very baby

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#33

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JessFink Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Actually, that sounds great.

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chescaleigh Report

Sleazy Weaver
Community Member
5 months ago

Hell yes, keep doing you Auntie Shark!!

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AtsukoComedy Report

nanashi
Community Member
5 months ago

nosey coworker; "hey when are you gonna marry and have kids? why not? it's worth it, TRUST ME!". also nosey coworker: "YOU wouldn't know, having kids means you no longer have time for yourself, let alone sleep undisturbed."

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lisaxy424 Report

Mieke Fabry
Community Member
5 months ago

4 kids and slept in until 9am, it's not al bad 🤣🤣

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joltofimpulse Report

Miss Cris
Community Member
5 months ago

Every choice is nice, when it's a choice :)

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WhoresofYore Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

I love this saying. For years, I've had to put up with: "When are you going to have kids?", "You're not?", "Why not? You'd be a great mom", "What's wrong with you?", "Everyone has children", and "You must be the most selfish person on earth". Nope, I'm just self-aware.

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ZachWeiner Report

Scott Garibay
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes it's selfish not to create something that you parade around for attention and gifts, and stealing people's free time.

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Skelpyy Report

Mal
Community Member
5 months ago

I AM THE LAST OF MY TRIBE

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gabilynn47 Report

Myrtle Yoma
Community Member
5 months ago

Day care costs $12000 a year for one kid....kids cost WAY more than $15000

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probablyMalaz Report

nanashi
Community Member
5 months ago

hey, this is a future I'm working on to make it a reality!

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#43

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robfee Report

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey - I enjoyed "Zootopia" every single f***ing time.

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KingRainhead Report

Canadian in Cornwall
Community Member
5 months ago

This is SO annoying. I was told this so many times ! I wanted to be sterilised in my 30's, but they wouldn't do it, as I "might change my mind, as I had just gotten married". Never mind that we were both 37 and had never wanted children !! So I just kept taking the pill constantly so I wouldn't have a period, couldn't bear them !

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goldengateblond Report

wandile dludlu
Community Member
5 months ago

Humans are such a bad design... now I understand villains in movies trying to change humans to lizards or something

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#46

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Annekinns Report

Joanna
Community Member
5 months ago

No, I'm hungry

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#47

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kbnoswag Report

Jumilicious
Community Member
5 months ago

What imbecile is trying to save their marriage by having kids?! That's probably the biggest challenge for any relationship and even the great ones don't always survive the transition of become parents.

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sarahjoyshockey Report

catslave6
Community Member
5 months ago

LOL!

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#49

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nedostup Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, that's right. I'm the cool aunt, not the nagging parent.

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annetdonahue Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
5 months ago

I know what you mean. I like to tuck my cats into bed at night.

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