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Uncommon Knowledge: Why are baby boys more common?

Tropical Trio Baby Socks | UncommonGoodsAny single woman who has ever felt frustration at the lack of available men might be surprised to know that it doesn’t start out that way. There are many factors that influence the determination of a child’s sex at conception, but statistically speaking, humans produce more boy babies born than girls by a margin of about 5%. But before accusing Mother Nature of gender bias, it should be pointed out that the numbers are evened out over time. Male babies are more likely to have health complications than females, and then as adults, factors such as risk-taking behavior and warfare combine to give men a shorter life expectancy. So, while there is a definite boom in boy babies, in the worldwide human population, the male to female ratio is nearly equal.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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