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December 07, 2023
Watch: The Rise of the Dual Income No Kids (DINK) Movement Is DANGEROUS For America
Today’s show gets into the rise of the Dual Income No Kids (DINK) movement. Let’s break it down.
This lifestyle choice has become increasingly popular among young couples who opt not to have kids. There are now videos circulating social media of couples bragging about their materialistic lifestyles and how that is soooo much better than a family.
"There is a huge difference for people who are maybe not at a point in their life where they think it is the right time to have children. I understand that [and] I understand that children are not right for everybody. And I certainly don't think we should be encouraging everybody to have kids. I think our societal default should be, as it has been for a long time, that families are good and having children is one of life's greatest joys. That should be the default," Crowder said.
“They believe they are making a case,” Crowder said.
“The DINK acronym was first coined in 1987 in the Los Angeles Times, but it has recently surged in popularity, with millennial and Gen Z couples posting videos of their luxurious, child-free lifestyles on social media.
Another video that sparked the most recent backlash was posted to TikTok by couple Lilly Anne and Evan Hall, who are both 21 and opting to remain childless.
Their video, which has more than 4 million views on TikTok, notes their decision to spend their money on going out to eat every night and buying their favorite snacks at Costco. In addition to other perks, such as going to football games and playing golf whenever they want, the couple also says they don’t need financial help, or babysitters.”
But what does happiness mean?
“Happiness used to mean being purposeful,” Crowder said.
Well, it turns out that most things in life that are rewarding don’t tend to come easy.
"It is very difficult that [something] will give you purpose [that] is [also] an easy thing to accomplish,” Gerald A said.
“Despite their concerns, lower-income parents are more likely than those with middle and upper incomes to say parenting is enjoyable and rewarding all of the time.”
One part of this movement tries to push the idea that work is somehow more fulfilling than a family.
"The best way to invest your time is in relationships that matter the most. Of course, spouse is number one, and then kids are also at the top of that list," Crowder said.
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