According to a recent survey from YouGov, around 1.2 million dads are not completely convinced that they are the biological fathers of the children they are raising or helping to raise.  That number equates to 1 in 10 dads who are uncertain.  This may explain the rise in demand for paternity testing, but the questions still remains why is there so much doubt.

I have a couple of theories:

  1. Paternity testing is more convenient than ever.  Options include at home testing kits, various testing centers usually within 25 miles from your home, and now in the Bronx, NY a mobile testing RV.
  2. The cost of paternity testing has decreased dramatically since it was first introduced.  More and more companies are offering this service which lead to competition and better pricing for all.  Additionally, home kits offer even more savings because individuals who order the kits, not lab technicians, perform collections.
  3. Reality TV is always showcasing “Who’s Your Daddy” segments which may lead others to believe if it can happen to that person on TV, maybe it could happen to them.
  4. The recession has left many people struggling to make ends meet.  Some men may be looking to relieve their financial burdens, and if there ever was a suspicion before, they are choosing to test now so that their child support payment may be a thing of the past.
  5. There seems to be a lot more infidelity all around.  Women cheat on men and vice versa.  Maybe it is no more than usual, but the media definitely hypes it up more than they used to which can lead to many people questioning their partners because of their own insecurity.