Gathering with friends and parties in a bar with friends, theatrical premieres and football matches, dinners in exquisite restaurants and training in fitness clubs, another higher education and incredible career … You have children? Then forget about all the above.

Children deprive our life of a great many pleasant, useful and important things – such is a common point of view that all of us probably had to hear at least once. How fair it is? The creator of the Civicscience online platform for sociological and marketing research John Dick (John Dick) decided to find out with numbers in his hands. Since the launch of his project in 2010, millions of Americans answered CIVICSCEENCE questions. Dick chose answers 1 050 053 people aged 25 to 54 years and analyzed them by comparing the attitude to the lives of those who have children (656,266 people) and those who, for various reasons, did not acquire (393,787 people)*. Here are 9 conclusions to which he came.

1. Meriferous people get better enough. They were 75 percent more likely to report that they sleep an average of 8 hours a day or more. Happy owners of children 29 percent more often admitted that they sleep 6 hours a day or even less.

2. Childless people lead a healthier lifestyle. They more often answered 73 percent “never” to the question whether they use fast food. They also with a probability of 38 percent more attend a fitness club at least once a week. Parents with more than 54 percent of the probability smoke at least one cigarette daily, 17 percent more often admitted that they are not engaged at all and 10 percent more likely to believe that they have excess weight.

3. Parents are more limited in finance. They are more than 41 percent more inclined to use coupons for all kinds of discounts “if possible”. Alas, this does not save the situation: childless people were twice as many as they were able to save more than 20 percent of their monthly income. Which is probably not least due to their higher level of education. With a probability of 23 percent higher, they graduated at least college, and 29 percent higher – university.

4. The social life of childless people is incomparably brighter. They are twice as often admitted that at least once a month they visit expensive restaurants. 62 percent more often reports that they love to travel. And 86 percent more often not hesitate to spend money on their own pleasure.

5. The same applies to cultural life. Childless people are 95 percent more passionate about popular television shows and 41 percent more – music. They also with a probability of 39 percent higher at least once a month go to the cinema.

6. Parents demonstrate a higher level of anxiety. They are 27 percent more concerned about the criminal situation in their places of residence.

7. Parents experience stronger stress. The childless people 23 percent more often stated that they did not experience stress in their lives at all. (Here, however, there is a curious contradiction. The same childless people are 16 percent more often admitted that they take medications to combat stress or anxiety. Probably, parents in a similar situation simply do not have enough time to reach the doctors and get a recipe.)

8. Parents are more likely to dream to return to the past. One of the questions of the CIVICSCEENCE questionnaire sounds something like this: if you had the opportunity to travel in time, you would prefer to go into the past or the future? So, parents of 12.5 percent more often dream of returning to the past, and childless – 30 percent more teared into the future. It seems that the first is something to regret and persuade, and the latter are increasingly indulging in the pure flight of dreams.

9. And finally, the last. The previous eight points, it seems, quite obviously testify to who feels happier, though? But no! To the question “Are you happy today?”Parents respond with a solid” yes, very “33 percent more often. And childless people 27 percent more often consider themselves unhappy or even very unhappy.

The conclusion is obvious. The birth of a child really deprives us of many important, interesting, useful and pleasant things. Offering in return just a little – happiness.

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