Monday, 13 April 2009

Brave New World Revisited?

In Aldous Huxley’s vision of a dystopian society, natural reproduction is done away with and children are decanted and raised in Hatcheries and Conditioning Centres.

Could this ever happen? Well, here’s one reason why it possibly could:
clipped from www.denverpost.com

Study: Marital bliss plummets after birth of first child

This news won't shock many parents: Having a kid puts a sudden, drastic strain on a marriage, according to new research from the University of Denver.

For 90 percent of couples, marital bliss dives within a year after the birth of their first child.

The research included 134 couples who had kids and 86 who did not.

The couples were videotaped discussing a recent problem or argument. Psychologists analyzed the videos, noting when the husband or wife refused to talk, refused to let the other person talk, yelled or denied wrongdoing.

"The take-away message is probably that for the average couple, having a child is a strain on the relationship," said Brian Doss, a professor at Texas A&M.

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