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America's new dads are older than ever

By Blurtman following x   2017 Aug 30, 12:47pm 421 views   5 comments   watch   sfw   quote     share    


New dads may sport a few more gray hairs than in years past, a U.S. study finds.

The average age of new fathers has risen in recent decades, research shows, raising questions about the possible social and public health impact.

The study, which analyzed federal birth records, found that fathers of newborns are now 3.5 years older, on average, than their counterparts in the early 1970s.

And the percentage of births to fathers older than 40 has more than doubled -- from about 4 percent in 1972, to 9 percent in 2015.

The pattern is not surprising, since it parallels what's been seen among U.S. women.

But much less research has explored the changing demographics of American fathers, according to senior researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg.

"I think it's important for us to pay attention to these demographic shifts and what their implications could be for society," said Eisenberg, an assistant professor of urology at Stanford University in California.

On one hand, he said, older fathers are more likely to have kids affected by certain health conditions, such as autism and schizophrenia.

Plus, couples who wait to start a family will likely have fewer kids, Eisenberg noted. And that could mean a shrinking pool of working people supporting older, retired Americans.

"I'm not trying to sound alarmist," Eisenberg stressed. "But these are issues to think about."

The aging of U.S. parents also has potential benefits, though.

Older dads, Eisenberg said, tend to have better jobs, more stability, and be more involved in their children's lives.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/americas-new-dads-are-older-than-ever/

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1   RC2006   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 30, 1:03pm   ↑ like (5)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

I can vouch for this I was 34 when I had my first kid and thought I was really old until I started meeting other dads with kids the same age, it's pretty crazy. If I did have kids in my early 20s I think I would have been a pretty lousy dad with the where I was in life and the level of maturity. That said if your a 40yo dad with a 20yo wife more power to you lol.

2   c0nfused   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 30, 1:13pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

rpanic01 says
if your a 40yo dad with a 20yo wife

That was actually the normal situation throughout almost all of human history.
3   lostand confused   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 30, 1:19pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

"The oldest father on record was 96 years old," he noted, referring to a man in India who had children with a wife in her 50s."

LOL!!

4   TwoScoopsPlissken   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 30, 1:19pm   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

rpanic01 says
I can vouch for this I was 34 when I had my first kid and thought I was really old until I started meeting other dads with kids the same age, it's pretty crazy. If I did have kids in my early 20s I think I would have been a pretty lousy dad with the where I was in life and the level of maturity. That said if your a 40yo dad with a 20yo wife more power to you lol.


Ditto, though at 36.

c0nfused says
That was actually the normal situation throughout almost all of human history.


That should return, methinks.
5   HEY YOU   ignore (7)   2017 Aug 30, 1:56pm   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote      

Two bulls standing on a knoll.
Young bull: "Let's run down there & screw a heifer."
Old bull: "Let's walk down there & fuck'em all.

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