Will there be more divorces or more babies after the coronavirus is over?
Why more babies will be born than normal. Whenever two people of the opposite sex are forced to remain isolated together for long periods of time, they will get bored, they will get agitated, and they seek relief from the boredom and agitation, and thus odds are that they will eventually engage in sexual intercourse. When that happens and when the woman is of child-bearing age, you’re going to have some pregnancies result. When this happens on a national scale, you’re going to see another baby boom (or at least a boomlet).
Why there will be more divorces than normal. Another effect of being forced to remain isolated together for long periods of time is that differences and strains on the relationship come can no longer be denied or avoided, and things to a head both quickly and intensely. With nowhere to go and/or no one else to turn to for escape, people are forced to confront the problems in their relationship. This can be extremely awkward at best, extremely painful at worst. When the relationship is a marriage, the examination many married couples will find themselves forced to make of the dysfunction(s) in their relationship will lead at least one of the two spouses to conclude (some correctly, some—sadly—mistakenly) that the marriage must end. When this happens on a national scale, you’re going to see an unusually high volume of divorces occur.
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