r/science Oct 17 '21

Increasing population densities predict decreasing fertility rates over time: A 174-nation investigation Social Science


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u/kslusherplantman Oct 17 '21

Good to see it confirmed again, but this is nothing new. It was first noticed in rats...


u/eran76 Oct 17 '21

Good. There are too many people on this planet already.


u/Direct_Scarcity_2471 Oct 18 '21

I agree with the results but not the hypothesis. Desnity is a function of economic development and being higher on the ladder. How that happens is through education and enabling people, mainly women.

Simply shoving a whole lot of under educated and under skilled people together in higher density setting compared with an agricultural setting isn't likely to lead to lower fertility rates, IMO.


u/diogenes_shadow Oct 17 '21

This was discovered in mice, why is this surprising?


u/whiskey_bud Oct 18 '21

You have any idea how many discoveries made in mice don’t hold true in human populations?