Last updated on January 3, 2022
There are many predictions for the year 2022, but one prediction that researchers are confident in happening is a millennial or “Millie” baby boom in America.
The “baby boom” is named after the increase in birth rates after World War II, which occurred after the end of the war and the end of the Great Depression. People put off having children and starting new families during those tough times, and once they felt confident in their financial status afterward, they began to have children. This was a common consensus amongst many people, which led to the birth of Baby Boomers from 1946 to 1964.
So why are researchers predicting another “baby boom” this year in 2022? There are two main reasons- and yes, one of them has two to do with the Coronavirus!
The first reason is that now that the millennial generation is getting older and more financially stable as they do so, they feel comfortable in having children and starting a family.
The second reason is that people feel safer with the Coronavirus being a part of their everyday lives, as opposed to when it first began, and people were concerned with its unpredictability and potential danger. Especially with vaccines and their high-efficiency rates, more and more people are getting vaccinated.
Arguably, the Omicron variant shows that more people are getting infected with the virus, which is backtracking the process to having normalcy in our lives again. On the other hand, it allows for greater trust in the vaccines. Those hesitant of the vaccine may see the vaccine protects people from becoming seriously ill when contracting the virus and prevents direct exposure.
With this reassurance, people are confident in having children and starting families again, like in the mid-1900s.
However, researchers and scientists are concerned with this possible baby boom.
What does this mean for us in regards to our environment? With an increase in the natality (birth) rate in the United States, will that increase the number of homeless people in our country? Will it cause our resources to deplete faster, causing a faster rate of climate change?
Time will tell. All we know is that it is up to use our products sustainably to ensure a better future for us and the baby boom of the “Millie’s.”