In 10 seconds? Researchers have found that exposure to television, regardless of education, living in an urban or country environment, age, and social status results in women having fewer children than those who don’t watch TV.

What’s the story? Television first, then the internet, have become significant sources of sex education but also a predictor of the level of fertility, i.e. how many children women and couples are likely to have. This is a global socialphenomenon! In the past seventy or so years, researchers have witnessed changes in couples’ behavior. Large families gave way to smaller families, and contraception, mostly female, has become a common practice. Since 1960, total fertility rates have fallen, up to almost 50%, in every geographic region of the world, transcending political, social, cultural, economic, ethnic, and religious boundaries.

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