© Reuters. Elon Musk Tweets On Pandemic Baby Bust: Why A Lack Of Kids Is The Real Problem
He shared how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lower birth rate as opposed to the “baby boom” that was expected due to people being forced to stay indoors.
Musk also cited a report from Scientific American titled “The Pandemic Caused a Baby Bust, Not a Boom.”
He mentioned how not having kids is a big problem and said, “Humanity did not evolve to mourn the unborn. But we should.”
The Scientific American article was based on a study conducted by the Bocconi University in Italy. It found that 22 high-income countries from 2016 through the beginning of 2021 had “statistically significant declines in birth rates in the final months of 2020 and first months of 2021, compared with the same period in previous years.”
Reactions on Twitter started pouring in after Musk’s tweet on the baby bust.
One of his followers said that wealthy people tend to benefit financially from a growing population, adding that there are harms associated with a higher birthrate.
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And another follower spoke about how Musk is more privileged than the vast majority of Americans.
During an interview last month, Musk showed his concerns about the declining birth rate.
“I’m really worried about this birth rate thing,” Musk said. “That’s been troubling me for many years because I just don’t see it turning around. Every year it’s worse. And I drive my friends crazy with this.”
“I spent a lot of time talking about the birth rate thing,” Musk added. “That might be the single biggest threat to the future of human civilization.”
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