Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?Book - 2012
In the summer of 2010, Robin Marantz Henig wrote a provocative article for the New York Times Magazine called "What Is It About 20-Somethings?" It generated enormous reader response and started a conversation that included both millennials and baby boomers. Now, working with her millennial daughter Samantha, she expands the project to give us a full portrait of what it means to be in your twenties today.
Looking through many lenses, the Henigs ask whether emerging adulthood has truly become a new rite of passage. They examine the latest neuroscience and psychological research, the financial pressures young people face now, changing cultural expectations, the aftereffects of helicopter parenting, and the changes that have arisen from social media and all things Internet. Most important, they have surveyed more than 120 millennials and baby boomers to give voice to both viewpoints of a conversation that is usually one-sided.
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In this mother-daughter book, the authors explore what it means to be young today. Back in 2010 Robin Marantz published an article in the New York Times, “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” that questioned the idea that those in their twenties seemed to be experiencing an extended childhood the likes that we have never seen before. The article generated a debate between the millennials and Baby Boomers: are those in their twenties today all that different from the Baby Boomers that came of age in the 1980s? At first glance, it may seem that today’s young adults are very different – they are growing up in a tough economic market, jobs are scarce and it seems that more and more are moving back home after graduation, perpetuating the myth that today’s young adults just don’t want to grow up. Twentysomething compiles research on both of these generations and demonstrates that the apparent differences between the generations may not be all that it appears.
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