Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just read the most interesting article. It's long, but you can get the gist from the first page if you're not ready to really sit down.

The truth is scary:

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.
The 20s are a black box, and there is a lot of churning in there. One-third of people in their 20s move to a new residence every year. Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once. They go through an average of seven jobs in their 20s, more job changes than in any other stretch. Two-thirds spend at least some time living with a romantic partner without being married. And marriage occurs later than ever. The median age at first marriage in the early 1970s, when the baby boomers were young, was 21 for women and 23 for men; by 2009 it had climbed to 26 for women and 28 for men, five years in a little more than a generation.
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What do you think? 

I'm 23 and did a lot of my self-discovery and risk-taking during my college years. I followed my passion and started in fashion design, realized that was unrealistic and switched to business/merchandising, moved to New York to attend fashion school and date, and then graduated from University feeling mature and ready to grow up. That mixed with a somewhat disfunctional family time in highschool led me to mature a little faster than most people my age. By the time I was 21, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

On the other hand, I have many friends still living at home, friends who joined Teach for America in far away countries, and several friends who after entering the workforce decided to go back to school. I have friends who are already married, with a child, and divorced; several friends planning weddings now; and friends like myself who spent a lot of time in a relationship only to be newly single in their mid-twenties. Starting the dating game at nearly 24, I most likely will be one of the emerging adults married at 28-30. The advantage to that is obviously stability both personally and financially but the downside is a decade of self-discovery that can be full on FRIGHTENING. 

No strings attached, if you will.


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2 comments:

Emily said...

Where did you get that Purdue bag??? I love it!

ELECTRIC FRINGE said...

One of my best friends gave it to me after she decided to go to IU and I decided on Purdue. Her dad's side of the family are all Boilermakers and this was either her dad's or grandfathers! I LOVE it!