Millennials, the largest and most racially diverse generation to date is getting a lot of flak. A lot of older generations consider us the worst one yet. We’re lazy, entitled, and liberal. Well, let’s break down the facts and see what’s true and what isn’t.
- Is it true?: We’re dependent. We still, for the most part, live at home with our parents.
Unfortunately or fortunately, this is true according to pew. We are more likely than other generations to still be living with our parents. We now see around 43% of young men 18-34 still living with their parents, the highest rate since the 1940’s. A lot of it is due to economical stress. It’s easier to pay bills when you are still being supported by your family. Still, as with a lot of my friends, the reasons sometimes are just not wanting to lose quality of life. Your mom has internet and in the big scary world of apartments, maybe that’s a luxury you couldn’t afford.
When your Uncle is giving you shit and begins with something like “Back in my day, we moved out when we were 18…”, well he’s probably right. Only 24% of young people (men and women alike) lived with their parents in 1960. Don’t feel too bad though, a lot of it is coming from college students. For example, according to pew, 45% of women going to college are staying at home, compared with 33% of non-students.