Twentysomethings are taking longer to grow up, says USA Today.
They’re going to school longer, delaying marriage and children, job-hopping and apartment-swapping. They’re also moving back home after college to save money, traveling to faraway places to work and generally taking “me” time to decide what they want their futures to be.
. . . “It’s the harbinger of a basic transformation of adulthood,” says James Cote, a sociologist at the University of Western Ontario who has coined the term “youthhood.” “The traditional adulthood of duty and self-sacrifice is becoming more and more a thing of the past.”
Recent findings published by the American Sociological Association and based on U.S. Census data show a sharp decline in the percentage of young adults who have finished school, left home, gotten married, had a child and reached financial independence, considered typical standards of adulthood. In 2000, 46% of women and 31% of men had reached those markers by age 30, vs. 77% of women and 65% of men at the same age in 1960.
There’s a book on youthhood called Quarter Life Crisis.