We’re living in an era when women are less likely than men to express enthusiasm for discussing their baby’s milestones, new research shows.
A new study of 4,000 American women ages 18 to 35 found that nearly half of them were either indifferent or uninterested in discussing their first birthdays, compared to a mere 14 percent of men.
The women’s feelings of dissatisfaction and disappointment with their birthdays came across in their social networks, with women who were more anxious about their birthday reporting a more negative outlook than those who were less anxious, the study found.
The results of the study, published Monday in the journal Psychological Science, are consistent with findings from other studies that show women are more interested in discussing a baby’s birthdays than men, and that this tendency is more pronounced among young people.
“There’s this expectation that women are anxious and stressed and that their first births are just a matter of time,” said study co-author Katherine C. Coyle, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.
“But it turns out women are just as anxious as men about what to talk to their first child about.
And it’s not just because they’re anxious.”
The study included 2,988 women ages 19 to 35, ages 18 and older, who completed a survey on their experiences with birthdays.
They were also asked to rate how anxious they were about their first borndays, and how excited they were for the birthdays to come.
The survey, which was conducted between July and September 2016, focused on how women felt about their second birthdays in a number of ways.
“We asked women to report whether they were excited to have their first and second birth days, but also whether they wanted to talk and share their thoughts about their newborns, and whether they had any feelings of disappointment, sadness, or self-doubt about their births,” said Coyle.
“We also asked whether they wished they had more of an opportunity to share their birth experiences with other women in their lives.”
And then we asked them about their thoughts on how their children would feel if they had had more births.
“In the survey, women were asked about their expectations about birthdays and how they felt about having more births.
While almost all women said they were anxious about the birth of a child, the women who expressed more anxiety about their baby births were more likely to say that they would be more or less likely to give birth to a baby with a different gender.
They also were more inclined to be more anxious when it came to giving birth to an identical twin.”
It’s just a question of how many kids they can.””
And the reason is that they want to have children that they can have a happy, healthy, happy life with.
It’s just a question of how many kids they can.”
The findings are consistent across many different demographic groups, including age, education, income, race, gender, and region.
While most women expressed a high level of anxiety about birthday-related issues, women who had higher levels of anxiety were also more likely on average to express a higher degree of frustration and dissatisfaction with their first birthday.
“The degree of anxiety was the greatest for the women in the lowest income group, the lowest education group, and the lowest-income women,” Coyle said.
“But it wasn’t the case that women in those higher-income groups were more depressed about their own birthdays.”
The women who felt less anxious were less likely overall to report they would have more births, the findings show.
The study also found that the higher the level of dissatisfaction with the birthday, the less likely the women were to express feelings of self-worth, meaning they were more satisfied with their lives and were more willing to spend time with their children.
The authors of the paper noted that the results may be due to the fact that some women in lower-income and lower-education groups are less satisfied with how their birth was received.
“This could be a reflection of a lack of information or because people in those groups feel that the information and the support they get from their partners doesn’t align with their needs,” said Murch.
“It’s not surprising that people in lower income groups feel more anxious and less satisfied about their life and less able to have happy, happy lives.
It could be the result of a combination of factors, and it could be that in low-income people, more of their relationships are with their partners and less of their relationship is with their family.”