The growing phenomenon of the unemployed, unmarried, 'taking-time-off' youth may be beneficial to the economy and society.

Thanks to the recession and a few other social factors, the “20 somethings” or the young adults in America are choosing to slow down their path to adulthood. Whether its the lack of jobs, less social compulsions to get married or the growing closeness with their parents, young people are increasingly staying at their parents’ home, taking time off to experiment with their careers and delaying marriages and having kids, while also paying off their debts in the process. In their new book “Not Quite Adults“, authors Richard Settersten and Barbara Ray explain the phenomenon and why they think this slow movement towards adulthood is beneficial for all. Salon spoke to Barbara Ray:

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