The other day, I overheard a conversation at the restaurant:
- Everyone on my Facebook is having a baby.
- That doesn’t mean we need to have one too.
- These baby photos receive a lot of likes, though.
- How many?
- 33, 25, 28. Look! Even Anna – you know? the ugly one – her baby got 17 likes already.
- Mmhh. Yeah, maybe it’s a good idea.
Before we judge, let’s remember that we have no idea what our parents thought back then. If you investigate, you may find out that government subsidies for newborn children or other unromantic reasons played a role.
There really seems to be a pattern that I have observed again and again. In a circle of friends, one couple has a child, whether by accident, out of boredom or because they think it will save the relationship (it won’t). Usually, within no more than half a year or however long it takes to produce these babies (I don’t really know anything about that), at least half of the couples in that circle of friends will have babies, too. And thus, a number of little extra pollutants are put on the planet just because people can’t withstand peer pressure.