In Defense of 20-Somethings

Did you see the New York Times Magazine’s cover article, “What is it about 20-somethings?”.

The author, Robin Marantz Henig, poses the question:

“Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up?”

Henig states that “The traditional cycle [where 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 so on] 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.”

There were plenty of responses to this article, but one of my favorite ones was by Lindsey Pollak, author of College to Career and the LinkedIn Global Spokesperson. Pollak points out that “There is no “one size fits all” adulthood” and that today’s “20-somethings just want what we all want: the opportunity to live life on our own terms and in our own time frames.”

The initial article in the NYT Magazine is long, but offers a fascinating glimpse into the ongoing discussion about “the changing timetable for adulthood” and what is up with the millennials.

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