Americans are the Unhappiest They’ve Been in 50 Years, Because They’re Having Fewer Children

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 1, 2022   |   8:08PM   |   Washington, DC

Americans are unhappy.

New research from the General Social Survey found that Americans are the most unhappy that they have been in more than 50 years, with just 19 percent saying they are “very happy,” according to The Federalist.

While lots of factors can lead to unhappiness, The Federalist writer Tristan Justice believes that not having children is a key cause.

“Americans are also having fewer children than ever before, with the nation’s birth rate falling for the sixth consecutive year in 2020 to its lowest ever,” Justice wrote.

Young people are not getting married or having children, and many are abandoning the Christian faith that they were raised in – all factors that Justice believes are contributing to people’s unhappiness and childlessness.

He continued:

According to the Pew Research Center in November, no baby boom is expected anytime soon. Only about a quarter of non-parents under the age of 50 reported they were “very likely” to have children, down from 32 percent in 2018. Forty-four percent said they were “not too likely” or “not at all likely” to have children whatsoever. …

In 2020, a Morning Consult survey showed 1 in 4 adults cited climate change as a motivating reason to remain childless. A study published by The Lancet in September found nearly 40 percent of Gen Zers aged 16-25 across 10 countries including the United States, said climate change made them hesitant to have kids.


Millions of American children also are missing to abortion. Nearly 1 million unborn babies are aborted every year in the United States.

While abortion rates are down compared to the 1980s and ’90s, pregnancy rates also have dropped, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Therefore, abortion is not the only reason why fewer American children are alive today.

Still, 50 years of legalized abortion on demand has affected attitudes about children and family. Because of abortion, children are not as valued as they once were in society. Often, children are viewed as a burden in anything less than perfect circumstances, and families who choose life despite these difficulties are criticized and questioned.

Women often are pressured to put off childbearing – or forgo it altogether – for the sake of their careers, and society sends the message that women need to be able to abort their own babies to succeed, to achieve equality with men. Pregnancy often is treated as a defect to be suppressed rather than an ability to be celebrated.

It makes sense why so many Americans are unhappy. Treating a woman’s natural ability, pregnancy, as a defect and encouraging individuals to give up the most fundamental and meaningful relationships of all, marriage and children, take so much purpose and meaning out of life.

As Justice concluded: “A happy population is one that flourishes with procreation, so enamored by its miracle that it chooses to pay it forward with pride so that future generations may experience the same gift. That no matter its trials, life is worth living, and it’s worth bestowing onto others.”