November 29th, 2011
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Hong Kong (CNN) – From an economist’s point of view, the rallying cry to cure Japan’s ills the past two decades has often been, “Spend, Japan, spend!”

From a demographer’s point of view, the cry is more: “Procreate, Japan, procreate!”

A survey last week underscores the growing problems of the latter point.

The number of single men has reached a record high in the aging nation of 130 million, according to a survey by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.

The number of single men aged 18 to 34 rose 9.2% from the previous survey in 2005. About 61% of unmarried adult men don’t have a girlfriend, while half the adult women surveyed don’t have a husband or a boyfriend. Worse still, 45% of the men and women who don’t have a girlfriend/boyfriend/spouse are not interested in finding one, either.

One in four unmarried men and women in their late 30s have never had sex, the survey found.

A vast majority of the single men and women surveyed - 86% and 89%, respectively - say they one day want to tie the knot. The largest roadblock, according to the survey authors, is financial concerns - more than 40% of the singletons surveyed said money worries are a top reason they don’t marry.

But is that really the case? In the survey, 90% of unmarried young Japanese women preferred to stay single.

That compares to a study earlier this year by Japan Family Planning Association that showed 36% of males aged 16 to 19 were “indifferent or averse” toward having sex, a 19% increase from a 2008 survey. Meanwhile, 59% of teenage females surveyed said they weren’t interested in sex, a nearly 12% increase in two years.

The statistics appear to back the anecdotal rise of the “herbivore men,” a term coined by author Maki Fukasawa in 2006 in a series of articles about marketing to a younger generation of Japanese men. "In Japan, sex is translated as 'relationship in flesh,'" Fukasawa told CNN in 2009, "so I named those boys 'herbivorous boys' since they are not interested in flesh."

This all points toward a demographic disaster for Japan, which has one of the lowest birthrates in the world: 1.34 children, below the 2.1 necessary for a stable replacement workforce, which Japan will increasingly need, as more than one-fifth of the population are above the age of 65.

The nation’s conservative attitudes toward migrant workers and strict emigration policy make it unlikely the world’s third largest economy will find a replacement workforce from abroad.

Three years ago, Japan’s largest business organization, Keidanren, told its 1,600 companies to allow more time for their married couples at home to help boost the nation’s flagging birth rate.

But the figures from this latest survey suggest that Japanese couples, alas, aren’t doing their homework.

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  1. Highest throne

    The U.s should be worried that it might happen to them, with the amount of abortion and contraception sales have inceased, the only things offsetting that is teenage pregnancy and rednecks

    November 29, 2011 at 6:17 am |
  2. brnindaUSA

    What the heck are you saying!!! that will NEVER happen, and it is not because of those things

    November 29, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  3. Kanra

    I don't know? It seem that the societal culture of the world taught by the AMERICANS is promoting contraception and limiting the amount of children you have but on the other hand they are crying that it might hurt the economy

    November 29, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  4. Mack

    sounds like they have too much pressure to succeed and not enough value placed on individual happiness....I'm sorry but a guy or girl being a virgin in their late 30's is really weird....I mean they don't have to be so hard wired to want money over a relationship...Money isn't everything...But not loving someone or feeling that physical connection EVER is WHACK...

    November 29, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  5. dan

    explination based on blood groups:
    there are high percentage of population with blood group A who help make the society like this.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  6. jason

    They don′t want money over a relationship, they feel they don′t have money for the relationship. There′s a lot of pressure to have an expensive wedding, and the cost of living is high...hard to have a house for a family, and salaries and bonuses are down for young workers year after year.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  7. papa romeo

    What a waste of those pretty faces...they do not know what life is!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  8. Jim

    Can people read any kind of article without complaining about America? I'm not even American but it's just ridiculous to blame this situation on America while simultaneously condemning America for their culture of debauchery in other articles. Even if American culture was promoting contraception in other countries (which I don't believe it is), it's not like they're exporting it at the barrel of a gun. Don't like American culture? I don't personally care for it so I don't consume it, but more importantly I don't whine about it.

    November 29, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  9. queendaline

    Is surprisely, can't believe dat at late 30s one is still a virgin cos of high leavn in d country!

    November 29, 2011 at 9:26 am |
  10. akos

    money can never buy happiness but a relationship can at least make you happy

    November 29, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  11. Taiwanese

    Similar situation here in Taiwan, where the birthrate is wayyy down. Maybe even the lowest in the world. A friend of mine here just simiply told me it was too expensive for him and his wife to have a child. Overworked and underpaid is his usual quote. (Keep in mind he and his wife are college grads and both with average jobs)

    November 29, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  12. Jeff

    In the US marriages and child making will be way down...why? Because men are being taken to the cleaners in the courts with regard to their hard earned wealth and in the custody department. Men are beginning to have nothing of it. I see a story elsewhere that a girlfriend took her boyfriends "junk" from a condom, had herself artificially inseminated and is now receiving $800 per month in child support payments....go figure.

    November 29, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  13. Timie

    This is good news actually. At least for the rest of the world, as Indians and Chinese are not slowing down any time soon. I only won't like to see any species of the human race disappear. No offence intended.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  14. Francis ushie

    The world would lose one of the finest technologies, if the trend is not reversed; agreed women add some burden to a man's struggles, they're loveable & beautiful

    November 29, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  15. Anthony

    I wouldn't worry about that Highest throne. As long as there is welfare, there will be plenty of people willing to pop out kids to stay on it. It destroys our gene pool, but it keeps us populated...

    November 29, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  16. Azadex

    Capitalism is what happened; people running on a treadmill getting nowhere in life. When people start to understand that life shouldn't be measured in dollars and cents, then we can change the direct we're headed.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  17. Ataka

    What a homework, the Middle East folk would like to extend help.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  18. Nikki

    There are seven billion people on this planet! We need to stop popping out kids. This story gives me hope that one day we'll get our population under control. Now if we could get the birthrate lowered on the continent of Africa we'll be set.

    November 29, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  19. anonymous

    @Highest throne Do you actually believe the stuff your spewing?

    November 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  20. Dan

    Unfortunately it tends to be the most educated that do not have kids while the ones lacking any education and civility have more than they can care for themselves. Don't believe me? Head to any inner city and look at all the the little kids that are fed, clothed, and raised at taxpayer expense.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
  21. Lee

    There are 7 billion people in the world. The world is already overpopulated. Should we really be concerned about lower birthrates in parts of the world? I think CNN should provide more stories related to overpopulation.

    November 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
  22. Jausti

    Read the Decline and Fall of the Gibbon by Sherri Tepper – fits right in this discussion...

    November 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  23. Gerry

    I went to a lecture years ago where the speaker hit the nail on the head with regard to one of America's problems.

    He was due to speak on a physics topic that was in the news at the time. The speaker opened his lecture by saying "Let me first say that none of you should be here." He paused for effect and continuted with "By attending this lecture you have demonstrated that you have the intellect or curiosity to appreciate the products of higher education. You should all be home right now rather than sitting here listening to me. The stupid people are at home making babies right now. You all need to be home making babies so the world doesn't fill up with stupid people."

    The problem in the US isn't that we are making babies. The problem is that too many of the babies being born are born to unmotivated, immoral single parents. Most of whom actively resist education.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  24. George

    The problem is that marriage in Asian culture often emphasizes a financial arrangement, with parents only accepting a mate with a secure career, or rich family. With so much pressure children are afraid to fall in love with someone they know their parents will not accept. Hence the problem is that love is being forgotten and without love why bother with a relationship. Good article, but it doesn't get to the root of the problem.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  25. David

    Ummm ... lower marriage rates and lower birth rates doesn't necessarily mean people aren't having "relations of the flesh". It simply means they don't enter into legal contracts and that they use contraception. I.e. all marriage is is a legal contract, and is quite useless unless you are planning to have and raise kids. Plus is creates a liability on the higher earner. (lifetime alimony, etc).

    November 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  26. Denese

    Don't they value male children over female children? This is probably how they ended up with more men than women. I read not too long ago that the same thing is now happening in China. This could be how their birthrate is declining. The women can be more picky and the men won't lower themselves to pursue a woman like women will chase after a man.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  27. Brad

    What is wrong with not having kids. I think it might be natural. They are getting to crowded over there, and around the world in general. Maybe this is our natural reaction to crowded environments? At some point, the human population has to shrink, if it's not lack of child birth, then it will be a deadly disease, it is that way for all living things. Our politicians don't care about that though, all they see are shrinking dollar signs, which is typical of the idiots.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  28. the_manliest_dude

    Ish, just let me go loose in Tokyo for a weekend and I would have impregnated half the womenfolk. Problem solved.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  29. Andrew

    Im 29, male, and from where I'm sitting, getting married and having kids just isn't worth it. The cost, threat (and HUGE loss) of divorce scare me away. Beside, staying single and childless I can do whatever I want for the rest of my life.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  30. Abdulrahmanramadan

    I was so happy when I read this information,because is not easy now to find this in most part of the world.To my own belief,any girl who has been irresponsible in her youth is not likely to administer her home effectively.And I don't think she would have the moral courage to discipline her daughter when the later misbehaves,why? because she too did the samething when she was young.

    November 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  31. grace

    We spend way too much time in front of computers, how are you ever supposed to meet somebody when your days and nights are spent sitting in front of computers and interfacing with people through a machine rather than face to face..

    November 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  32. Oakydoke

    Same thing here in the US. Marriage rates plummet because the word is out that men get lose everything in Divorce Court, and women file for divorce 2:1 over men. Unless the man is college educated...then it's much higher. Guys stopped asking for marriage. We don't want it anymore.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  33. Jellomundo

    @Anthony the gene pool isn't any deeper or better amongst the upper tax brackets. Since when is being poor a genetic trait?
    @Dan, "inner city" does not equate with lacking in civility
    @Nikki, the real population explosion is occurring in China and India. Africa pales by comparison.
    @Gerry single parent does not equal immoral. People (men and women) can become single parents through a number of routes including divorce, death of a spouse, and so on. Get off your high horse!

    The hate in these few comments is astounding!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  34. So Solly

    Good luck finding a female partner willing to forego the pursuit of wealth and status for a simpler, contented life when all her friends want the opposite.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
  35. Jon

    Is the economy made for the people or the people for the economy?

    November 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  36. rob

    Herbivore men? I bet they all love anime. This is all anime's fault.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  37. Matthew

    Declining population is a result of older people hoarding all the money. Young people don't have money today to start families. There in is the problem. Not a big problem, however, as the world is over populated. Less people = more resources for everyone.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  38. Jimbo

    I agree, marriage and having kids doesn't sound like a good time to me. I know I'll regret it in the future when I'm 80 and don't have kids and grand kids around to keep me sane and happy. But right now I think I would rather have my own time to do what I want. I'm not obsessed with money by any means, but I sure do value going fishing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing and drinking on the weekends and not being bogged down by boring family activities.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  39. Truth

    So responsible couples who either don't have the time to commit or the money for a baby do not reproduce, while dirt-ignorant foreigners and illegal aliens breed like maggots in a dead dogs and live off welfare and food stamps at tax payer expense.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  40. dave

    asian chicks are hot

    November 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  41. Cassandra Chu

    Asian women are beautiful...

    November 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  42. Jim Dean

    Yes this is real and not just for them it's a ever growing problem that will affect us all. At a cost of $250,000.00 to raise a new born to 18 years old who the heck is willing to do this? That's if you live in a city and your child has a Nelson family life style that is. Cost go down in more rural area but still well over $150,000.00 each child.
    So who whats to get married and have little ones? So say goodbye to retirement when no one is left to pay in to the system..

    November 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  43. David Crandall

    There are very few young, beautiful girls here in Ameriica. I wish I had one but not a kid.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  44. mr774

    Good tendency. 130million is too many to support in such a tiny islands.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  45. Shwoop

    This won't happen in the US. We have the Duggars.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  46. Goodness...

    If the males over there are half as dumb as some of the males on this comment board, I'd stay single and childless too!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  47. bleak81

    It is very difficult to think about a family when all one can afford in that country is a closet-sized apartment.

    November 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  48. Sambo

    @ goodness, In my book you are the most insightful person here!

    November 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  49. milpitasguy

    This is why a male-dominated culture like Islam will one day rule the world. No equal rights/pay for women, no contraception, women are kept only for breeding like cattle.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  50. Chan

    @Bleak81 ...that has nothing to do with money; everything is compact there... If you want space you have to move to the country... (has nothing to do with money)

    @Shwoop ...it already happened here...

    This is nothing more then a typical faze in any countrys existence. (and it doesn't happen just one time) It happens during changes in thought, government, financial stability, overpopulation, etc..Not all but just any one could cause a faze of this,

    November 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  51. Alex

    Epic ignorance here once again.. first off, it is the more advanced and educated societies and people that tend to have less kids, and yes it is very important to worry about that in the face of the fact that the earth is overpopulated because you need to counter the uneducated and primitive societies with smarter ones otherwise stuff will get real bad real soon(er). Just check out the projected 2050 census and look at countries such as Nigeria and Ethiopia.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  52. Myto Senseworth

    Competency tests....... fail you get fixed...pass you get to have kids.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  53. jason

    in a slow economy a reduced birthrate is a good thing: fewer people seeking work leads to a lower unemployment rate and ultimately an actual demand for workers. As the demand for workers gets higher, so does their pay.

    When rich people hog all the wealth, people are more hesitant to create more costly responsibilities for themselves and reproduce less, so the rich get fewer workers to choose from, which forces them to pay more, sharing the wealth, or go out of business. Sounds fair. Too bad this takes so long to be effective and whole generations have to suffer in the meantime.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  54. Bob

    We should be worried as those on welfare either down on luck or just to lazy to get off their butts keep having kids. These people are the problem cut them out of the reproductive life and the human race may still have a chance.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  55. The problem

    Getting married and having a kid is a 50% chance that you will be divorced and sending a huge chunk of your income to someone you hate. It is not worth the risk anymore.

    November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  56. Jim

    Isn't this the same country that favors raising male children over female, allows you to buy used panties out of vending machines and has so much anime filled with disturbing, perverted fantasies involving demons with large tentacles?

    Don't we think we there may be something going on other than it somehow being America's fault??

    November 29, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  57. Mike From Florida

    Go and watch the movie Idiocracy... enough said!

    November 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  58. Ali Goria

    @ So Solly "Good luck finding a female partner willing to forego the pursuit of wealth and status for a simpler, contented life when all her friends want the opposite."

    Good luck finding a man willing to support a family without having his wife cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, food shopping, even mowing the lawn, making sure the bills are paid and the cars are maintained, managing the children and their education, while working at least a full time job while he watches tv all the time. Doing EVERYTHING and being tired 24/7 is not my idea of a "simple, contented life".

    November 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  59. Ali Goria

    @milpitasguy "This is why a male-dominated culture like Islam will one day rule the world. No equal rights/pay for women, no contraception, women are kept only for breeding like cattle."

    1000% TRUTH.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  60. sting

    Nikki who the heck are you to judge who should stop having kids to curb the population crisis, why dont you go kill yourself and help control the population

    November 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  61. Flipper

    This is actually Darwinism at work.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  62. Madick

    HEy, whaT do yoU guyz exspect ? AmeriCa is The new ROME and roMe gets blame for The worlds problem, it Goes with the territoRy of being the front Runner. See how MANY capitals America got me Using in a few sentenceS. GOD TRULY BLESS THIS LAND THAT MANY LOVE TO HATE.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  63. Jon

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of November 22, 2011, the global population estimate is 6,976,808,374. The global population increased by 74 million people in 2002. At this rate, the global population would increase at approximately the equivalent of adding the entire population of Western Europe (392 million people in 2002) every 5 years.

    The world is morbidly overpopulated as it is. Unfortunately, The increase in global population is expected to come from primarily poor, and less developed countries.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  64. JoeProvidence

    we need inflation – without it the economy is flat.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  65. Sean

    @grace

    I agree people should be more active. But your logic is very much off. " interfacing with people through a machine rather than face to face" allows you to 'interface' with a magnitude of more people than going to your local bar or church. I meet my fiancé online. We now live together and are getting married in the spring.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  66. Pamela Haley Design

    Well, there are plenty of lonley Chinese men looking for a mate. They can always get a good human trafficing thing going on between the two countries.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  67. Agent_C

    It's those tiny penises...

    November 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  68. sting

    milpitasguy why dont you go and blow yourself up along with some inoccent women and children you figgin extremist idiot

    November 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  69. ThatOneGuy

    Just like the movie Idiocracy (cult classic, becoming more and more relevant), a sign of an educated and intelligent culture is less reproduction. The more 3rd world and primitive the culture becomes, the more procreation increases. Unfortunately, this means that demographics (uneducated, poor, no job skills) that are the largest drain on any country's economy are increasing in size the fastest. Soon, a country will be unable to "hold up" these populations, and if that country is smart, the government will start implementing population control techniques (as China has been trying to mixed results) in order to keep it's economy from buckling under the pressure of supporting massively-expanding demographics of economic leeches (see: people on welfare, generations of families who have never worked, etc)

    November 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  70. Kayne

    this article is worth checking out... a bit strange
    so are the comments.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  71. Kayne

    this article is worth reading... as are the comments.

    November 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  72. dunbar7376

    Encouraging unwanted population growth is like some sort of grand Ponzi scheme of humanity.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  73. ModernPilgrim

    The population stability is good from an environmental standpoint. The only really bad part is that they will have fewer people to pay for a public pension system. The United States will face this problem too. Eventually the environmentalists and the social security advocates will wake up and realize they are political foes.

    November 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  74. RV1982

    Either someone is putting something in the water, or all this video game stuff (i.e., virtual world) is enough to keep the endorphins flowing (i.e., why engage in a messy intimate relationship when all one needs a virtual orgasm?). Weird...

    November 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  75. wbyfriend

    I think some organization has overreacting about the reduce of population that can be a chance for earth to take a break.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:25 am |
  76. jayman419

    They will fix it with robots.

    November 30, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  77. Gill

    From 1979 to 2011,The China Goverment have been carried out the family planning and which is the basic policy of the state.One family one child.So it coming out that most new couples who born on the 80s have more stress from family and soceity rightnow.
    Firstly after they graduated from universtiy or colleague,They have to find a job,But it`s not so easy to find a good job to support a new family at once,At least they have to work 5-6years to get more paid ,They they wl consider the marriage.So the aging of population is very coming ,Special in the big city like Beijing,Shanghai.

    November 30, 2011 at 7:45 am |
  78. GT66

    brnindaUSA: It is already happening here. Marriage rates are declining as well as birth rates for non-immigrants in the US (as well as Europe). Many people credit feminism with creating this situation. Personally, I don't know but I do know that today, marriage is a liability for a man in this country and only the insanely courageous or insanely naive seem to be willing to walk that plank.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  79. GT66

    Flipper: "This is actually Darwinism at work. There's for sure an "ism" at work but definitely not that one.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  80. GT66

    ThatOneGuy: An educated culture results in a culture more aware of insecurity which drives more pursuit of security which leaves less time for procreation.

    November 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  81. GT66

    really? CNN is moderating the word "grass" now?

    November 30, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  82. DeeNYC

    Too many guys wacking themselves to anime to be interested in women. Sad.

    November 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  83. dr vincent ifiora

    the world is not overpopulated at 7 bil. the problem is that, firstly, men have created, and continue to create too many artificial boundaries. secondly, and related to the first, is that there are no men from Samaria any more. yes,not because there is no Samaria on the world's map, but because we've lost the little samarias in the corners of our hearts. when we start living for the other as God intended, we begin to realize that even at 70×7 billion, the world would still have room for more people. there is obviously a lack of space and accomodation, and willingness, not of the EARTH, but in our HEARTS.

    November 30, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  84. LOVE WON'T FEED YOU

    need I say more

    December 1, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  85. faboge

    Lets send Newt Gingrich, Bill Clinton and Herman Cain there. They can cut the number of virgins there in half in just a year! lol

    December 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  86. shraeve

    We do not need an ever-increasing population of young people (which is unsustainable anyway) to support the older citizens. We can have robots do most of the work.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:28 am |
  87. Johnny Trivianni

    This seemed pretty interested in procreating when I was stationed over there

    December 2, 2011 at 8:09 am |
  88. RavnXoz

    No wonder they dont want to have babies – having been brainwashed since birth to STUDY STUDY STUDY so they can succeed by getting a decent job for some technology corporation.

    December 3, 2011 at 2:01 am |
  89. Chicagorich

    Actually this same trend is already happening in segments of the U.S. population. Census data shows that generally, the more educated one is, the fewer offspring one has. Same trend is generally true for wealth distribution as well, and it holds regardless of the race or ethnicity of the individuals. (I guess the 99% don't really have to worry about the 1% as they will exterminate themselves over time) There are of course many exceptions to the general trends, but if the saying that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree tends to be more true than not, then the people who make up the United States today are already a much different type of group than they were in World War 2, and it will be much different still in a generation or two. In fact, if the trends continue I would venture that collapse from internal, external, or a combination of both forces would be the ineviteble result as we move into periods of ever increasing instability. I hope I am mistaken, but that is the way the trends appear.

    December 5, 2011 at 12:46 am |
  90. Renateau

    I really can't get my head around the fact that people want to get married and have kids nowadays. It just contribute to build up even more anxiety in our already stressful lives. Let alone the fact that you never know how your kids are going to end up, no matter how good your intentions are, which could pollute the rest of your life.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:43 am |
  91. dudley0415

    Reanteau, most people's projectionss of a family is that they can, together, improve on this dark scenario you pen. Together.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:16 am |
  92. Herb

    Greed will destroy this country!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  93. xyzboi

    I could understand this. I am Asian, and I can tell you that now these day Asians want stable finance. Finance > relationship. Meaning people go for higher education, and professional degree before they get married or even go into relationship. Law school, Med school takes long long time. think about it at late 20s early 30s people just graduate from these schools, at 35 they get rid of their education debt. then at late 30s they get married. So... it's quite reasonable. SO the cause of late marriage is mainly financial stability and the dream of having a secure career....

    December 6, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  94. Nitrogen

    We need MORE of this WORLDWIDE.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  95. meh

    just have less babies – it just makes good sense
    Also, send some of these women to my house please

    December 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
  96. g@yf@gg0ts

    TOO MUCH TENTACLE R@P3

    December 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  97. g@yf@gg0ts

    im going to fap to some r@p3lay

    December 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  98. Squeezebox

    AWWW POOR MADISON AVENUE, doesn't have anybody to market to! They want everybody to be f-ing so that more babies can be born so they can sell makeup to moms, weight loss, clothing, jewelry, diapers, baby cribs, happy meals, and other stuff to insecure new moms and their offspring. Elderly people don't buy because they don't need much, so nobody likes them. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!

    December 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
  99. ryguy

    Someone said, and I agree, women are expected to perform their traditional role of cooking cleaning etc. and work at least full time while men sit on the couch. In my opinion this is the single biggest deterrent for educated women to marry and have children. Either men have to man up and do more, or we need to give up two-income households. something has to give.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  100. Peter

    It wont' happen in the USA b/c illegal immigrants are breeding like rabbits throughout our country. It's very common in the the Southwest to see young Latinos in their 20's with 4 or more children and the parents do not even speak English.

    December 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  101. xyz

    I believe you meant a "strict immigration policy" makes it unlikely to find workers from abroad, not an "emigration policy". To emigrate means to leave your country. To immigrate means to enter another country.
    Sigh.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  102. j

    All work and no play...

    December 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  103. DAS

    The United States has a similar problem. White families are averaging less than 1 child per couple while our invading army coming in from mexico are averaging between 5 and 6 per couple. Did you know the white person is already a minority in several states with many more aboout to cross that line. If we don't take our country back and SOON it will quickly become new new mexico......

    December 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  104. R. Glenn

    Too bad for many of you on the post and those in the story. I have been happily married to a wonderful woman for 17yrs. We have four children. College educated, with a middle class job. I think alot of you just need to get off your butt and go meet some real people. If you're kind to you're spouse and treat them as truly a gft, divorce isn't going to happen. The problem is that most of you are just selfish brats that need to learn how to socialize and take some risks. Most of you have been brainwashed into only acting on safety and haven't learned to live a little. Pathetic. Go out and take a chance!!

    December 19, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  105. OregonTom

    Just hook up for pete's sake!

    December 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Sylar75

    I'm sorry but as a man, one of my big reasons to succeed is to 1. get a woman (which I have) and 2. support a family and myself. If you don't want a spouse or a family, why do you care about being successful? Bragging rights? Buy more electronics?

    December 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  107. MrKnobs

    There seems to be a natural inclination in mammals of all sorts to stop breeding when a high population density is reached. This is natural, and a good thing. What is NOT a good thing is a society with economics based on a pyramid with few old individuals at the top and an ever growing wide base of young people at the bottom; it's simply unsustainable. Either we (as a species) will transition from the pyramid to the square peacefully or by war, disease, and famine. The transition will be very painful either way.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  108. Aj

    Have any of you people ever been to the middle of the US, say nebraska, montana, the dakotas, most of the midwest – we DO NOT have an overpopulation issue. there is plenty of land, plenty of food and plenty of water. We just waste it.

    I know in some parts of the world there are too many people in such a small area, how about moving??

    It's a shame that these young people have no concept of the joy a family can bring. If both husband and wife are good respectable, selfless people marriages will work out. Children are difficult but I'd rather have someone who loves me and shows me everyday than be alone.

    Lastly the idea that it's better to be single because you can do whatever you want – no one is going to want to hang with you when you are a fat, bald, old guy – you'll just spend holidays alone and then die alone.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  109. augustghost

    We just past the 7 BILLION mark ....now you want people to have more?? Insane

    December 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
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