We can officially blame men for the extinction of the human race.
Well, at least the humans living in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
An assessment of 185 studies conducted in the mentioned regions of the globe between 1973 and 2011 and published in the Human Reproduction Update suggests that due to the halving of sperm count rates in less than 40 years, humans might face extinction pretty soon. But the study pointed out there were no similar extensive research on reproduction of this scale in South America, Asia, and Africa.
“We may have a problem, and with reproduction in general, and it may be the extinction of the human species,” bodes the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Hagai Levine.
Show this to your male counterpart, and you’re probably going to be in for a whole lotta mansplaining.
But we’re going to let the professionals handle the clarification of this incredibly terrifying (or relieving?) prediction as to why the men in the Western hemisphere and in Australia and New Zealand are shooting blanks:
It’s our lifestyles.
While you might have had an inkling, as you watch your partner chug his nth beer and down another burger; the study found that chemicals in our foods, the diet with which we consume our foods, smoking, stress, and watching too much TV all contributed significantly to decreased sperm count.
There’s even a connection with fashion: tight pants and underwear might also be a culprit, so for the sake of the next generation, you might want to let the jewels breathe a little.
“If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to,” Dr. Levine says, “I am very worried about what will happen in the future.”
To steer clear of any Handmaid’s Tale-like scenarios in the future, we better get our men fitter and away from the tube!