The best break-up song, ever

HANNA ROSIN
Last updated 14:50 10/12/2012

An American couple have gone to extraordinary lengths to tell their friends - and the rest of the world - why their five-year relationship is coming to an end.

In a video posted on You Tube, Jonathan Mann and his girlfriend Ivory put the reason for their break-up to music: he wants kids and she doesn't it.

You want to find this couple annoying because of the studied, scruffy aesthetic and because they made a video about their breakup. But in fact they are lovable and actually remarkable. Partly because of the total absence of drama and bitterness. Partly because of their obvious underlying decency and love. Partly because the simple equation of their breakup just seems like an immutable fact, stated so straightforwardly and simply that it doesn't leave room to take sides or hate either of one of them.

And partly because they seem to be outing a phenomenon that we all suspect is out there but isn't much talked about. Often men want to have kids, and the women don't. Match.com's latest "Singles in America" survey found that in every age category, men were more eager than women to have children. Even young men, points out anthropologist Helen Fisher, who studies love and attraction and consults on the annual survey. Among those between the ages of 21 and 34, 51 percent of men want kids, and only 46 percent of women do. (The men were also just as likely to want to get married and much less likely to say they needed their personal space.)

If so, the Decadent Generation can steal the very catchy closing chorus of the breakup video as their theme song:

I wanna have babies

I don't wanna

I wanna have babies

I don't wanna have babies

A couple of babies

I don't wanna have any

Couple of babies

No. Nonononono, Mmm-mm.

- Slate.com

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