LIFESTYLE
What Is The DINK Lifestyle And Why Is It On The Rise?
By AMANDA CHATEL
According to a 2021 Pew Research Center poll, 44% of people aged 18 to 49 say it’s unlikely that they will have kids someday, and this trend has given rise to DINKs. DINK is an acronym for “dual income, no kids,” and is when a couple, married or not, lives together, has two paying jobs, and prefers to live life without children.
Since kids come with such a hefty price tag, as well as the need for a long-term commitment, it makes sense that couples are focusing on themselves and living their life to the fullest on their terms. There's also the state of the world at the moment that's contributing to this decline.
Jay Zigmont, Ph.D., CFP, and founder of Childfree Wealth says that “being DINKs means [couples] have more options” to support each other and themselves. The world is changing, and so is the definition of a family; it’s no one’s obligation to contribute to the birth rate, and DINKs realize that and are living their best lives in spite of what society says they should do.