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May 2014

Dogs, Dates or Kids?

The New York Post reported a story about a rising trend in single professional women chosing pet ownership over motherhood. According to the report, there's been a significant drop in the number of babies being born to women under 30 in recent years. Meanwhile, the American Pet Products Association reported an increase in the number of dogs under 25 pounds. As it turns out, single women in their late 20s and early 30s happen to be the demographic most inclined to adopting a new furry friend.

There are three main reasons why professional single women are chosing dogs over motherhood, and sometimes even over dates: less hassle; lower investment; greater rewards. Let's explore some of these reasons a little bit more in detail. 

Less hassle. A lot of young single women are putting off marriage until much later in life because they've adopted the harsh reality that if they ever have kids, they'll most likely be raising it alone after seeing so many of their single mom friends do it on their own without a stable father figure for their kid. Every child needs a father as much as it needs a mother so women are simply being smart about the kid thing. It's simply not worth the hassle until their careers are in order and they have the ability to support themselves and another human being, or until they meet a guy who actually wants to have kids and be the father figure every kid needs. 

Lower investment. The best part about having a dog over a kid is the fact that taking care of a dog is low maintenance in comparison to frequent diaper changes or temper tantrums. There's also the fact that you won't have anyone calling social services on you for leaving your kid at home alone the way you would dog. Kids are without a doubt much more costly to raise than a puppy. Not just in terms of dollars and cents but in terms of time and energy. 

Greater rewards. As more women put off marriage in favor of their careers, they're finding that dogs bring more joy into their lives than a child would. They can go about their daily lives without a care. They can go out any time they want without having to worry about finding a babysitter at the last minute. They get all the benefits of motherhood without actually being a mother. Having a dog over a kid affords them the luxury of time, fluidity of resources and more happiness as a result. 

It looks like all the single men might have a little competition ;)