Wharton Researcher Says Young People Uninterested in Parenthood

And thus begins the end of civilization.

Wharton prof Stewart Friedman has a new book out, Baby Bust, New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family, in which he examines how fewer young people are choosing kids. In a 2012, less than half his students said they planned to have children, down from 78 percent 20 years before. Everybody’s into careers, friends, and “having fulfilling lives” now.

“What I see is that men and women are making more conscious choices about how they want to live,” he told CBS Philly. “Women no longer feel compelled to take that mindless march into motherhood that virtually every generation prior to this one felt compelled to do.” [CBS Philly]