With being under lockdown for most of the 2020, the Chinese couples were not in the mood to discuss having babies.
In 2020, 10 million births were registered in China, which is 15% lower than 2019 and the lowest it has ever been since the 1960s when China had famine.
With the cost of housing, health care and education going up, the Chinese couples have been less willing to have children.
“House prices [are] the best contraceptive pill,” said a user online.
“There are many regulations on pandemic prevention and housing compounds always ask people to quarantine. That’s upsetting enough, don’t talk to me about having a baby.” – wrote another.
“It would be such a headache if one gets pregnant during the pandemic and has to go to the hospital,” said yet another user.
Other users also talked about how 2020 was a struggle to stay alive and not the best time to bring life to this world.
Read some of the comments below:
“Even female animals know not to give birth when the environment is not good, not to mention human beings,”
“Locking men and women up at home could by no means increase birth rate, but the divorce rate would definitely spike,”
“The authorities and experts publicize giving birth to more children all the time. If they are in such a hurry they should study how to let men give birth to children.”
China’s economic status would feel the impact with the less population as this would mean the working age population is getting smaller and smaller.
By 2050, in China more than 40% will be above the retirement age.