We don’t need a study to prove this, but there finally is one. Childfree adults face stigma from parents.
Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, an associate professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said this about it:
“What’s remarkable about our findings is the moral outrage participants reported feeling toward a stranger who decided to not have children. Our data suggests that not having children is seen not only as atypical, or surprising, but also as morally wrong.”
In the study, the participants were given hypothetical life stories of fictional people. Then, they were asked to judge these life stories. The findings show that the participants felt that the childfree people were less fulfilled.
Having children is considered normal in our society, so Ashburn-Nardo wasn’t surprised that the childfree were rated less fulfilled, but the outrage is shocking. Some people get so judgmental of other people’s life choices.
I’ve heard some of the remarks about it. When I got myself fixed, I heard people say I shouldn’t be doing it. My parents said I’m too young (I was 26). However, if I were having a baby at 26, that would be OK.
We get called selfish or told we will change our minds. Some people will just ask, “What is wrong with you?”
Childfree people are not wrong or selfish or broken. We were faced with a decision, and we took a different route.
Here is a great TED talk on the subject: