Defined By Lack Of Definition?

Defined By Lack Of Definition?

A generation re-imagines the traditional road to maturity, as explored by the New York Times.

Jackie Rangel
  • 23 august 2010

A recent New York Times Magazine article, “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” has, unsurprisingly, been topping the NYT’s ‘Most-Emailed’ list all weekend. A friend may have even passed along the link, either in total agreement with the descriptions of these optimistic wanderers, or utter disapproval of the aimless light cast upon this age group. In a nutshell, the 10-page article cites some telling statistics to illustrate that in comparison to their elders, today’s 20-30 year-olds are simply moving homes more frequently, working an increasing number of jobs (for a shorter amount of time), and extending their stay on the parental payroll. Not to mention those other sociological benchmarks of maturity— marriage and starting a family.

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