Trending News: Here’s The Age American Men Are Becoming Fathers
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According to a recent study, American men are becoming dads at increasingly older ages.
American men are making the transition into fatherhood later and later in life. Research showed that the age of first time fathers in the U.S has increased by 3.5 years over the past four decades. The study looked at 168 million births from 1972 to 2015. The results showed that the average age went from 27.4 to 30.9 and the percentage of fathers who were 40+ when they had children doubled during the study period.
These results don’t come as a complete surprise. After all, it has become more and more common for young people to get married later in life, purchase a home later etc. It is only logical that becoming a parent also ends up being postponed by a few years.
Waiting to have a solid career, stable relationship, and steady savings does seem like the wise path to take before jumping into parenthood. However, the research also showed that this trend could have greater public health implications. Since men acquire two new mutations of DNA in their sperm each year, the children of older fathers could have a higher risk of genetic mutations. On the bright side, the study also revealed that men who waited to become dads were more likely to live with their children, and thus be more involved as parents.
Studies have often revealed how women are having children later in life, but it isn’t often that the same spotlight is placed on men. It will be interesting to see future studies on the social implications of men having children later in life. In the celebrity world we have certainly seen a lot of men having children later in life, but it is typically not their first child and comes as a result of re-marrying younger women.
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