Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hello, again


One in seven parents says a kid has come back home—or never left. These are called boomerang kids, unless, as is the case with my darling daughter, 27, they never left.

This is all according to the Pew Research Center, a reputable outfit.

In my kid’s case, she disdained college and when I said, “Don’t you want to get an apartment with some friends,” said—You never told me I had to leave. And burst into tears.

Only 7% of adults 18 to 29 live alone—down from 2007.

About a third of the boomerangs did live outside the parental home at one point, but not now.

This is called a “social impact.” I’ll say.

Actually, young people may not be working for awhile. Older people are holding onto their jobs and the younger ones are staying in school.

Among 16-24 year olds, less than half are employed.

Twenty million people 18-34 live with their parents.

Fifteen percent have even put off getting married.

Yeah, that probably would involve moving.

Isn’t this like roommates, though? Blending incomes—making do?

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