Time magazine's August issue features the childfree adult life

Published: Monday, Aug. 5 2013 2:40 p.m. MDT

But some are fighting back against the childless trend. The South Korean government organizes matchmaking events to combat the country’s low birthrate.

“In a country where arranged courtships are fading into the past, the Ministry of Health and Welfare began promoting the idea of dating parties in 2010,” wrote Su-Hyun Lee in the New York Times article, “Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State.” “Under the enthusiastic leadership of its minister at the time, Cheon Jae-hee, it held four parties that year that brought together its workers and employees at local corporations — making a splash in the news media. Ms. Cheon officiated at the wedding of the first couple who met at one. Featured in a magazine article before the wedding, the 31-year-old groom-to-be thanked the government profusely and wondered if two children would be enough to meet expectations.”

Commentators on Time’s website have mixed views about the value of having or not having children.

"It's purely personal choice, an agreement between you and your partner,” said roamingmind2001, a commentator on Time’s website. “Whether you choose to have children or not, you shouldn't judge others who make the different [choice].”

Abby Stevens is a writer for the DeseretNews.com Faith and Family sections. She is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University–Idaho. Contact her at astevens@deseretdigital.com.

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