I need you to go and read this article. Like right now, or maybe later today. But seriously you need to read this article from the New York Times about 20 Somethings.
Here is what I am hearing people say about 20 Somethings…
They are taking longer to grow up
And in some ways I cannot argue this, but in many ways I want to argue this with anyone and everyone.
There are a couple of key quotes that I pulled from this post. I will list them out and then would love for you to react.
- The 20s are a black box, and there is a lot of churning in there.
- 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.
- Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once.
- (describing 20 somethings) identity exploration, instability, self-focus, feeling in-between and a rather poetic characteristic he calls “a sense of possibilities.
- Young people spend their lives lumped into age-related clusters — that’s the basis of K-12 schooling — but as they move through their 20s, they diverge.
- Arnett says that young men and women are more self-focused than at any other time of life, less certain about the future and yet also more optimistic, no matter what their economic background.
- what Arnett heard most often was ambivalence — beginning with his finding that 60 percent of his subjects told him they felt like both grown-ups and not-quite-grown-ups.
Are there any quotes that you pulled from this article?
What are your reactions to some of the things listed above?