Millenials Fail At Life: Why Young Adults Live In Mom And Dad's Basement
/Some millennials have now become a total fail at life as they have been prompted to move back with their mom and dad as reported by a new census.
According to The New York Times, this recent failure to launch has been documented by Richard Fry of the Pew Research Center. Fry in his report noted down that living with parents is now the most common arrangement for people ages 18 to 34.
"The really seismic change is that we have so many fewer young adults partnering, either marrying or cohabiting. In 1960, that silent generation left home earlier than any generation before or after, because they married so young," Pew pointed it out.
The typical U.S. woman now marries at 27.1 years old, the typical man at 29.2, according to census data. That's up from record lows of 20.1 for women and 22.5 for men in 1956. The shift may also be disrupting the housing market. One mystery that's confounded analysts is why there aren't more homes for sale. The lack of available houses has driven up prices and made it less affordable for many would-be purchasers to buy.
Andrew J. Cherlin, a sociologist from Johns Hopkins University stated that:
"This is neither the best nor the worst development we've seen in family life. It violates our cultural sense of how young adults should live their lives. But in Italy, an even greater percentage live with the parents, and no one sees it as problem. Families can feel closer to each other and have longer times together."
Living with one's parents may be the trend for millenials but reports have also suggested that other housing alternatives have been become commonplace - like living in a dormitory, or be it in prison cell, or with one's brothers and sisters and grandparents.
Such cases however have become a cautionary tale as it grooms the grown children to have a continued presence in a parental home which can signal an inability to take the steps needed to become real adults.