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The Real Reason Young Adults Seem Slow to ‘Grow Up’ – The Atlantic

It’s not a new developmental stage; it’s the economy.

Nancy E. Hill and Alexis Redding, April 28, 2021

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Every generation, it seems, bemoans the irresponsibility and self-indulgence of the one that follows.

Even Socrates described the folly of youth in ancient Greece, lamenting: “Youth now love luxury. They have bad manners and contempt for authority.” However, in recent years, commentators have argued that something is distinctly stunted about the development of today’s young adults.

Many have pointed to Millennials and Gen Zers as being uniquely resistant to “growing up.” Some theorists have even suggested that a new developmental stage is needed to account for the fact that youth today are taking longer to reach adulthood and are more reliant on their parents than generations past.

Yet nothing about delaying adulthood and extending adolescence is uniquely modern. Taking more time to come of age is not due to lack of stamina or motivation on the part of today’s youth, as the common narrative proclaims. Delayed adulthood is an expected response to the economic conditions shaping the period when young adults enter the workforce.

Source: The Real Reason Young Adults Seem Slow to ‘Grow Up’ – The Atlantic

Why the coming-of-age narrative is a conformist lie | Aeon Essays

Editor’s Note: Thoughtful essay, ideas to ponder…

How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication?

Source: Why the coming-of-age narrative is a conformist lie | Aeon Essays

COMMENTARY: Young adults aren’t growing up as fast as they used to – Las Vegas Review-Journal

COMMENTARY: Young adults aren’t growing up as fast as they used to – Las Vegas Review-Journal

Perhaps these trends can be extrapolated to the future. Or perhaps not. The new lifestyles have emerged only in the past few decades — too recently to know the long-term effects.

See also: The Changing Economics and Demographics of Young Adulthood: 1975-2016 and Emerging adulthood and early adulthood

Source: COMMENTARY: Young adults aren’t growing up as fast as they used to – Las Vegas Review-Journal