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Big Brother the cause of low fertility rate

Big Brother the cause of low fertility rate

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Read the original article that inspired this semi-fictitious piece here.

Singapore’s total fertility rate this year plunged to an all-time low of 1.01, prompting a new round of internal debate on why Singaporeans are not reproducing. One of the reasons cited by a person close to PM Lee’s inner circle, was the rapid proliferation of CCTVs on the streets, which have led to a loss of dark areas for couples to engage in private acts.

New Nation walked around Clarke Quay one night and found police cameras on major roadways, traffic junctions, carparks, street alleys, and lift landings.

When asked why they were not making out at Fort Canning, a young couple mentioned that they felt uncomfortable with the CCTVs pointing at their favorite spot beneath a large tree.

“Dude, some people might get turned on with exhibitionism, but we’re really not into that,” said Toby Ong, an interior designer.

His girlfriend, Yetta Ng also mentioned a fear of having their private moments leaked out on voyeurism-aggregator STOMP, as a reason why they’ll probably remain celibate until they can afford a place of their own.

Soaring property prices in recent years have postponed the plans of many couples to settle down and have children. Yet the problem lies deeper than that. Couples are simply not fucking enough because there isn’t any place to do it.

However, increased surveillance does have an upside. The Straits Times reported yesterday that despite the perceived invasiveness of more CCTVs, the overall consensus is that electronic surveillance has made residents feel safer and more peaceful.

In a joint study in 2003 by Northeastern University in the United States and Cambridge University in Britain, it was found that both CCTVs and street lights were better at reducing property crime than violent crime.

The study also concluded that cameras deter crimes more effectively than street lights in enclosed areas such as carparks, while in open public spaces, street lights were more effective.