Per SFG’s request, the subsequent graph compares self-reported happiness among single men without children to married men with children. The happiness gap is even wider among men than it is among women on these dimensions:
Additionally, the percentage of single men without children who report experiencing poor mental health (defined as “stress, depression, and problems with emotions”) in the last month is 43%. For married fathers, it the figure is 34%.
The usual admonitions about correlation not (necessarily) being causation apply, of course. But anti-natalism propaganda pieces like this must not be allowed to go unchallenged.
GSS variables used: SEX(1), HAPPY, MNTLHLTH(0)(1-30), MARITAL(1)(5), CHILDS(0)(1-8), YEAR(2000-2018)