What is it about 20-Somethings?

Interesting article I found on the New York times(published this weekend) about the current generation of 20-somethings and how most tend to make decisions that inevitably delay adulthood. The Article link is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/magazine/22Adulthood-t.html?pagewanted=all

Huge key points that nicely sum up the article can be found in the following paragraphs:

“A young man hangs up his new Ph.D. in his boyhood bedroom, the cardboard box at his feet signaling his plans to move back home now that he’s officially overqualified for a job. In the doorway stand his parents, their expressions a mix of resignation, worry, annoyance and perplexity: how exactly did this happen?

It’s happening all over, in all sorts of families, not just young people moving back home but also young people taking longer to reach adulthood overall. It’s a development that predates the current economic doldrums, and no one knows yet what the impact will be — on the prospects of the young men and women; on the parents on whom so many of them depend; on society, built on the expectation of an orderly progression in which kids finish school, grow up, start careers, make a family and eventually retire to live on pensions supported by the next crop of kids who finish school, grow up, start careers, make a family and on and on. The traditional cycle seems to have gone off course, as young people remain un­tethered to romantic partners or to permanent homes, going back to school for lack of better options, traveling, avoiding commitments, competing ferociously for unpaid internships or temporary (and often grueling) Teach for America jobs, forestalling the beginning of adult life.”

I chuckled at the last bit, especially the Teach for America part. Being that it was something I considered when I graduated two years ago.

Interestingly enough the article goes on to discuss other behavioral issues that todays 20-something exhibits that points to a delay an adulthood, also pointing out that the implications for the future are very groom and doom if we’re basing things solely on this group.

My personal opinion is very much in agreement with the article. A majority of my friends are living at home working part time jobs and/or interning with no real career prospects, while still holding on to their precious degree(which obviously didn’t help them land the dream career). I have girlfriends that are living with their boyfriends in crappy apartments and/or playing house with their boyfriends because it “saves” money(ahhh the power of cohabitation). I also have friends that are in graduate school and not to propel their career but merely as a way to escape having to work and pay bills like millions of other Americans.

I can go on and on but honestly I too wonder what exactly went wrong with this generation.

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