Thursday, April 9, 2009

Children Ruin Lives


I decided long ago that I can't stand children. In my college years I worked part time as a lifeguard for several summers and I'm quite sure that's the root of it. Kids are little bastards who don't listen and aren't smart. I see them as no different in any way from an uneducated adult with a growth disorder. They aren't cute, they aren't entertaining, they don't serve any purpose in my world whatsoever. It is for this reason that I simply could not fail to post this article with yet another reinforcing reason as to why I will NEVER have kids. And for those of you conservatives out there, I would HIGHLY encourage abortion for anybody who didn't want kids and it's not your choice so fuck off!

I dedicate this one to all the coworkers who go from bitching about their ungrateful bastard children being hateful creatures which make their lives miserable and disrupt their sleep to telling me that they're great and "someday you'll change your mind." The fuck I will! I'll hurl myself into an industrial wood chipper before I'll ruin my life with a child. Anyhow, on to my article.

I know that nobody can argue that kids make it more difficult to do general adult activities (not just sex) and have it be stress free and enjoyable. Whether you like it or not, if you have children your life takes a serious shift from being about you as an individual or you as a couple to being 90% about your kids. That is going to take a toll on a relationship. Now, scientists actually have put some numbers forward to prove it.

An eight-year study of 218 couples found 90 percent experienced a decrease in marital satisfaction once the first child was born.

"Couples who do not have children also show diminished marital quality over time," says Scott Stanley, research professor of psychology at University of Denver. "However, having a baby accelerates the deterioration, especially seen during periods of adjustment right after the birth of a child."

An unrelated study in 2006 of 13,000 people found parents are more depressed than non-parents. Scientists speculate that the problem is partly a modern one, because parents don't get as much help at home as they did in previous generations.

There are key variables to note in the new study.

Couples who lived together before marriage experienced more problems after the birth of a child than those who lived separately before marriage, as did those whose parents fought or divorced.

However, some couples said their relationships were stronger post-birth. They tended to have been married longer or had higher incomes.

Children don't ruin everything, Stanley points out.

"There are different types of happiness in life and that while some luster may be off marital happiness for at least a time during this period of life, there is a whole dimension of family happiness and contentment based on the family that couples are building," he said. "This type of happiness can be powerful and positive but it has not been the focus of research."

Whatever Stanley - In other words, step back for a moment and say something to keep from offending the people who have no lives other than their irritating children.

You can't make this stuff up... Well, I could have made this stuff up, in fact I could have pointed out specific examples, but now there's scientific proof to backup my point. This is from research, funded by a grant to the University of Denver from the National Institutes of Health, is detailed in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

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