Young Folk Really Don't Know Where Babies Come From

Okay, we're not saying anyone believes in the stork...that we know of. But it's bad. Although it should be said that the survey in question was affiliated with the uptight-prude-meets-lout-meets-baby rom-com Life As We Know It.

Says the Guardian of the results of 2000-person poll, "More than 20% of 18 to 25-year-olds questioned thought a pregnancy lasted a year, 10% believed eating red meat influenced the sex of a baby and half expected a baby to walk and talk within its first year. The poll also revealed that 20% of the childless respondents thought the umbilical cord was a musical note."

Perhaps more worrisome, "A third of the respondents believed that £1,000 would be adequate to cover equipment, food, clothes and toys for a baby's first year when the latest studies suggest it is about nine times higher." While if, presumably, someone went into a pregnancy with all of the above misconceptions, a baby at nine months and a year without coherent sentences might come merely as unpleasant surprises — trying to live on a grand would be on another level entirely.

Of course, we don't know the circumstances of the poll: if, after all, it was a Life As We Know It exit survey, well, participants a) might have just watched a baby age dramatically in 120 minutes and b) have just been told that a baby results in true love, happiness and prosperity. And we're guessing that musical note thing was a multiple-choice option...right?


Childbirth A Mystery To Young Brits
[Guardian]