Do More Single Men Than Women Want Children?

The headline read, “Why Men are More Likely to Want Kids.” A writer for the web site, The Good Men Project, wanted to try to parse the meaning of the results of a Binghamton University study of more than 5,000 single Americans which found that 24 percent of men and 15 percent of women said they wanted kids. “Why are guys more likely to want kids?” asked writer Ted Cox.


Cox reported that one of the study’s authors said, “[Men] still hold onto these notions of males leaving heirs. It’s kind of a cultural importance, and it’s a biological imperative.”


For women, researcher Justin Garcia told Cox, the cost of having kids is substantial: “The realistic side of reproduction is that childbearing is a much bigger toll on women. Women alone have parental certainty and the biggest brunt of reproduction. It’s a much bigger challenge in today’s world for women.” (April 2011)