Our Times, Our Demographics

October 22, 2010 at 10:47 am 1 comment

With large numbers of 20-somethings moving back in with their parents, taking unpaid internships, or bouncing from job to job seemingly without direction, psychologists, sociologists, journalists and parents have been asking the question, “Why are 20-somethings taking so long to grow up?” The New York Times Magazine recently devoted an 8,000-word cover article to this question. It used to be that by the time they reached their early twenties, Americans were beginning to settle down, work a steady job, and lead a relatively stable life, but that is no longer the case.

For most of the 20-somethings I know, which is an admittedly small group of graduates from some of the country’s best four-year colleges and universities, life’s third decade offers a disquieting mix of uncertainty and promise. Faced with friends scattering across the globe after graduation, the high stakes and complexity of modern life, a tough job market, admonitions to enjoy youth to the fullest, and a dearth of self-knowledge, many 20-somethings find themselves asking, “Now what?” For the first time the life script that so many have followed does not have a next page. Read it all here.


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  • 1. Zara F. Larsen  |  October 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This is truly a profound piece that is a “must read” for youth, parents, grandparents and business/public service professionals alike. As it relates to Project Concentrus, business/public service shoulders thus a tremendous responsibility to recapture the waves of economic vitality and job/opportunity creation. For anyone who is a steward of youth, we must remember that helicoptering and pervasive handholding does not enable independence and learning from “the inside out” — experiences that build resilience, muscle and the ability to make good choices and live with accountability. And for youth, history will repeat itself in good ways — take the risk, stand tall, just go for it!


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