DINK (acronym)

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"DINK" is an acronym that stands for "dual income, no kids". It describes a childless couple where both partners receive an income. The term was coined in the 1980s at the height of yuppie culture. The Great Recession has solidified this social trend, as more couples waited longer to have kids.[1]


"DINK" also exists and is used for "dual income, no kids" in the United States, South Korea, and Japan. DINK is used in reference to childless couples.[2]

"DINKER" means "dual (or double) income & no kids, early retirement". Some marketers have proposed "yappie" as a term to describe similar couples who do have children.[3]

"DINKY" means "double income, no kids yet". A British radio sitcom "Double Income, No Kids Yet" bore that name. [4]

"GINK" means "green inclinations, no kids", referring those who choose not to have children for environmental reasons.[5]

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  1. ^ Wouter van Gils/Gerbert Kraaykamp, The Emergence of Dual-Earner Couples. A Longitudinal Study of the Netherlands, International Sociology, Jg. 23, 2008, p. 345–366.
  2. ^ Cf. Chasin, A., Selling Out: The Gay and Lesbian Movement Goes to Market, New York: Palgrave, 2000; Fejes, F., “Advertising and the Political Economy of Lesbian/Gay Identity”, in E. R. Meehan and E. Riordan (eds.), Sex & Money: Feminism and Political Economy in the Media, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.
  3. ^ "The Chartered Institute of Marketing". Cim.co.uk. 2011-11-17. Archived from the original on 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  4. ^ "DINKY". Radio Listings Company. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  5. ^ Hymas, Lisa. "Say it loud — I'm childfree and I'm proud". Grist. Retrieved 6 June 2017.