More and more couples are deciding not to have children in light of the current challenging economic situation or simply because they prefer a kid-free lifestyle, instead opting to focus on their careers and bring home a furry friend.
"Dual income, no kids"
You may have heard of the term "DINK" before, which simply stands for "dual income, no kids." It's not an insult; rather, it's often used to describe couples in which both partners have jobs and no children.
A new term has recently emerged from the original "DINK" lifestyle: DINKWAD.
This term is used to describe couples with double incomes, no children, and a dog, and it's commonly seen on social media and forums.
The DINKWAD lifestyle has become extremely appealing to many people, as evidenced by its growing popularity on social media platforms like TikTok
On TikTok, couples are proudly showing their DINKWAD lifestyles through a popular audio clip that says:
"I just learned the phrase DINK, which means double income, no kids, and I was like, that sounds pretty lit. And then I heard the phrase DINKWAD, which is double income, no kids, with a dog. Bro, sign me up."
People are eager to join the lifestyle
The popularity of the DINKWAD lifestyle is evident in the viral TikTok sound that features many happy couples without kids and with their furry friends, with the comments section filled with people eager to join in.
Then people suggested new lifestyle terms
Some even proposed new lifestyle terms that reflect their desired (or enforced) way of living. “I’m a ZINK zero income with no kids 😭,” one person wrote.
Someone also suggested a name for a single person who has a cat, not a dog
“Uhhhh I’m SINKWAC single income no kids with a cat. Trying to get DINKWAC but no volunteers recently,” a second shared.
"A dog and a cat"
“Dinkwadac Double Income No Kids with a dog and cat,” a third commented.
"Four dogs and chickens"
“DINKWFDAC … double income no kids with four dogs and chickens,” a fourth shared.
Other proposed terms
“Im a SINK,” a fifth wrote.
“Im ZINKWAC,” a sixth stated.
On the other hand, the trending DINKWAD lifestyle is definitely not appealing to everyone, with many expressing their disapproval in the comment section
“Good luck dying alone at 60-70 with no kids or grandkids to take care of you,” one user wrote.
“People really saying they out here making kids to take care of them when they old 😱,” a second added.
"Kids are the next step in any relationship"
A third suggested that kids are the next step in any relationship, adding, “if you don't make a step it means you're not progressing,”
"Divorced and cat lady"
A fourth commented, “There’s also D.A.C.L. Divorced and Cat Lady when you turn 50 and you’re all alone. Kids are awesome!”
Sacrifices of having a DINKWAD lifestyle
Although the DINKWAD lifestyle comes with its perks, such as living with your significant other and dedicating yourself to your career while raising a dog together, it requires sacrificing the experience of having a human child, something that may seem impossible for some but is encouraged by others.
Everyone's decision is different
Ultimately, the decision of whether to be a DINK, DINKWAD, or neither is a personal one, and what's important is choosing what works best for you and fulfills your desires.
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