Busting the Slacker Myth: Young Adults Happily Living at Home

Posted on March 16, 2012


Due to the difficult economy more young adults are struggling to find jobs and having to move back home.

They are known as the boomerang generation but these aren’t the embarrassed, disgruntled slackers living at home to the chagrin of their exasperated parents that you may picture.

According to the Pew Research Center, in a 1993 survey 80% of parents said children should be self-reliant and financially independent by the age of 22. Now, in a new survey, only 67% of parents feel kids needs to be financially independent by 22. Meanwhile the number of respondents who say financial independence isn’t necessary until age 25 or later jumped from 19% to 31%.

In a separate Pew study, more than 75% of 25 to 34 year-old who live with their families say they are, “satisfied with their living arrangements and upbeat about their future finances.” Likewise, many parents with kids living at home are also satisfied because the children are paying rent and helping with household expenses.

This new, non-traditional, living arrangement is worth keeping in mind when you consider how to talk to your audience. Don’t stereotype your listeners, make an effort to understand their lifestyle and relate to it.

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