Women who notice that their biological clock is ahead of their lives buy time with social freezing

Women who notice that their biological clock is ahead of their lives buy time with social freezing
Women who notice that their biological clock is ahead of their lives buy time with social freezing
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The lives of young people have become more changeable and uncertain, explains reproductive sociologist and author of the book Freezing Fertility Lucy van de Wiel from King’s College. ‘They study longer, leave home later, and more often have a flexible employment contract and a temporary rental contract because they cannot buy a house. There is also a temporary partner who, after two years, can simply say that he or she likes it better with someone else.’ The time in which we are ‘young’ is being stretched, so to speak.

This changed life course is clearly reflected in the figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. At the beginning of this century, almost 60 percent of people in their twenties still lived together, now that is less than half. The age of the bride and groom increased by four years in the same period to 32.8 and 35.1 years respectively. Those who moved in together also broke up more quickly: the share of 24-year-olds who grew tired of each other within five years increased from 18 to 23 percent in ten years.

Milestones are not only moving forward in relationships, but also in other areas of life. In 2008, half of 24-year-olds still had a permanent employment contract, but ten years later this share was only reached at the age of 27. The age at which the majority of people in their twenties left home rose by one year in the same period. Fewer and fewer of these young people are buying a home: 60 percent of 28-year-olds owned an owner-occupied home fifteen years ago, but now buyers at that age are in the minority.

The article is in Dutch

Tags: Women notice biological clock ahead lives buy time social freezing

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