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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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.

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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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stupidoldandy Report

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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SpikeReeds Report

Phoenix
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

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

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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.

Karen Lyon
Community Member
5 months ago

Nicest part of being an auntie!

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Craptavaganza
Community Member
5 months ago

The best thing about being an aunt is not have to hold it in the first place.

Nico C
Community Member
5 months ago

Same is true not just for nieces and nephews, but stepkids, friend's kids, and younger siblings whether by blood or adoption. If they start crying or leaking at either end.. you can just hand them back.

Sarah Wermuth
Community Member
5 months ago

We called it rent a kid. My sister has 4 kids 2g and 2b so we get the pick of the lot. Now we are about to have our own boy after a long road of miscarriages and all I keep thinking about is who will babysit him for us.

Nancy Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

...& load them up with sugar & Pepsi before their parents pick them up!

Thomas Ewing
Community Member
5 months ago

Not to mention spoil them with attention!

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Maria Ines Molina
Community Member
5 months ago

Amen to that! Love being an aunt :-)

Ray Heap
Community Member
5 months ago

That works with granddads too. And for extra points, give them the stickiest sweets and the most colourfull drinks and a drum just before mum and dad take them back home in the new car. Because karma is such a bitch.

K Miller
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm an Auntie and I love my nieces and nephew dearly but I'm fond of saying 'being an Auntie is all of the fun of being a parent but none of the responsibility'.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
5 months ago

Sugar them up and send 'em home... Oh, and water toys, and noisy toys... No really... Please don't. I have three and Oh my god those days sucked ass...

Liz Tynne
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't even want to touch my nieces/nephews. Eww!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

I had kids. I loved them. Now I am a Grandma. I realized I really missed that peace and quiet! LOL. I do agree with the Uncle. The best part is when they go home! Just me and my dog. Don't get me wrong. I adore them! However, but ....

Karen Lyon
Community Member
5 months ago

Same sort of principle applies when they get older and misbehave/drive their parents crazy. Sometimes I was the mediator, usually the shoulder to cry on, but I always had that "out" of just being auntie, not Mom.

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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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Mieke Fabry
Community Member
5 months ago

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

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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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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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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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Annekinns Report

Joanna
Community Member
5 months ago

No, I'm hungry

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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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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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