Tuesday, May 28, 2013

All Those Very Special Episodes

So. People, sometimes even people with access to things like data often share theories about baby booms.  Blizzard babies.  Hurricane babies.  Superbowl babies.  Economy dip babies. And now, it appears there might be some correlation between the rise of TV watching and the falling birth rates.  (Which, if you think about it gives more credence to all the power outage related babies theories.) Now certainly the answer to curbing population growth is not just TV, as they note in the article, Egypt's birthrate direction shifted up quite quickly after some family planning services were dissolved. And, as the longer article linked within mentions, there are also theories about female literacy, urbanization, and rising GDP.  And some seem to suggest that it is not simply having entertainment, but having entertainment that also depicts small families that is having the effect.  It's something to ponder.  And yes, correlation does not equal causation, but it's just so nice to see people attributing a positive effect to television watching (and literacy) that I could not let it pass.