The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter--And How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg JayOur thirty-is-the-new-twenty culture tells us that the twentysomething years dont matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But thirty is not the new twenty. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood. Drawing from more than ten years of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, Dr. Jay weaves the science of the twentysomething years with compelling, behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. She shares what psychologists, sociologists, neurologists, reproductive specialists, human resources executives, and economists know about the unique power of our twenties and how they change our lives. The result is a provocative and sometimes poignant read that shows us why our twenties do matter. Our twenties are a time when the things we do--and the things we dont do--will have an enormous effect across years and even generations to come.
What's Really the Matter With 20-Somethings
Will they change the world or have to lower their sights? Man it's expensive to live and drive in CA. Are you keeping track of the money you owe dad and me? I think I speak for all of the Because we could do that, too.
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It's not just that Millennials are delaying marriage, home ownership, and career. It's that the very definition of "adulthood" is changing. - What is the deal with somethings, these days? That's the question burning up the Internet and family room tables across the country since Robin Marantz Henig posed it in a mammoth New York Times Magazine article.
Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up? A cover of The New Yorker last spring picked up on the zeitgeist: a young man hangs up his new Ph. In the doorway stand his parents, their expressions a mix of resignation, worry, annoyance and perplexity: how exactly did this happen? The 20s are a black box, and there is a lot of churning in there. One-third of people in their 20s move to a new residence every year. Forty percent move back home with their parents at least once.
I am perhaps the only person I know who was a child in the same house in which his father was a child, the house my grandfather built after the war. There is something oddly un-American-in-the st -century about the idea of generations staying in the same place and not moving for purposes of jobs or better opportunities. Move-up, move-on, better yourself, improve your lot in life, generation to generation — this is the mantra that we have been taught. My father runs a successful business; my parents could live in a house three times this size, but here they still are, sixty years later. The house was built on the crown of what once was an empty hill facing the Rocky Mountains on the front range of Colorado.