High speed broadband has fuelled a baby boom among middle class women

High speed broadband has fuelled a baby boom among middle class women

Well-educated middle class women are more likely to get pregnant if they have high speed broadband, a study has found.   It discovered a lig

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Well-educated middle class women are more likely to get pregnant if they have high speed broadband, a study has found.  

It discovered a lightning fast internet connection provides them with the ability to work from home and therefore a better work-life balance.  

The likelihood of women aged between 25 and 45 getting pregnant in a 12 month window jumped from 7.2 per cent to 8.7 per cent over the course of the study.

Women with lower levels of education did not see the same boost however, with their fertility remaining at 6.3 per cent both before and after getting faster internet.

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The faster connection was identified as a key factor behind a growth in fertility among educated women aged 25-45 as it provides a better work-life balance, said university researchers (stock image)

The faster connection was identified as a key factor behind a growth in fertility among educated women aged 25-45 as it provides a better work-life balance, said university researchers (stock image)

The faster connection was identified as a key factor behind a growth in fertility among educated women aged 25-45 as it provides a better work-life balance, said university researchers (stock image)

Researchers at Bocconi University in Milan analysed official data covering 12,000 households and 20,000 people in Germany – which provided health, lifestyle, education and other personal details – to make the finding.  

Women with a higher level of education are more likely to be in white collar jobs which means better broadband allows them more flexibility in working from home and therefore spend more time with their children.

In particular, older women returning to work after having a baby are more likely to go on to have a second child if they are able to use the technology in order to work from home.

These women also reported a higher level of life satisfaction, said lead researcher Franceso Billari. 

But the downside is female workers with lower levels of education remain unaffected by the arrival of broadband because they are in less flexible jobs.

Professor Billari said: ‘High-speed Internet increases fertility [because] of a better work-family balance, due to the spread of teleworking, smart working and part-time working among educated women.’

High speed broadband has fuelled a baby boom among middle class women because it allows them to spend more time at home. This graph shows the annual probability of childbirth by high speed (DSL) access and age among highly educated individuals in Germany 2008–12

High speed broadband has fuelled a baby boom among middle class women because it allows them to spend more time at home. This graph shows the annual probability of childbirth by high speed (DSL) access and age among highly educated individuals in Germany 2008–12

High speed broadband has fuelled a baby boom among middle class women because it allows them to spend more time at home. This graph shows the annual probability of childbirth by high speed (DSL) access and age among highly educated individuals in Germany 2008–12

It leads to a 30 per cent increase in working from home and allows part time mothers to return to full time employment in many cases, he added.

‘Broadband Internet access allows higher-educated women to better reconcile work and motherhood, which in turn may promote fertility.’

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Population Studies.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GENERATION X,Y AND BABY BOOMERS?

Generations are a group of people who were born around the same time and place – though the exact dates for when each generation starts and another ends are uncertain.

They usually have certain characteristics in common.

But who belongs to what generation and what characteristics are associated with each age range?

Generation Z, iGen, or Centennials: 

Born 1996 – present day

Those born after 1996 are growing up in a world that has always been associated with technology for them. They are the most connected, educated and sophisticated. Known as the most open minded generation to date. 

Millennials or Generation Y: 

Born 1977 – 1995

Those aged between 23 and 42 have been described as the Peter Pan or Boomerang Generation as they commonly move back to live with their parents. There has also been a delay in getting married or starting a career. They are thought of as lazy, narcissistic, and prone to switch jobs quickly. But they are also open minded and look for more of a work-life balance. 

Generation X: 

Born 1965 – 1976

Known as the ‘middle child’ of generations they are often forgotten. But those aged between 43 and 54 are more ethically diverse and better educated than the Baby Boomers. More than 60 per cent went to university, according to thebalancecareers. They are independent, resourceful and self-sufficient.

Baby Boomers: 

Born 1946 – 1964

The term ‘baby boom’ was coined after the drastic rise in the number of births after the end of the second world war. Aged between 55 and 73 this generation have a strong work ethic, are self-assured, competitive and goal centred. They often put their career above everything. 

Traditionalists or Silent Generation: 

Born 1945 and before

Those aged 74 and above were expected to be seen and not heard growing up. They were the ‘silent generation’. A strong work ethic, tough, and resilient this group saw work as a luxury and are some of the wealthiest members of society.  Loyal employees they respect authority and work long hours.

 

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