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What is it about 20-somethings?

October 8, 2010

In mid-August, there was a New York Times article that went viral. “Hey, did you read that NYT article?”  “Oh yeah, my mom sent it to me.”  “Yes, it was so right on.”  “Boy, it was long.” Overall, it said everything we were feeling and already knew, but it gave us a space to talk about the 20-somethings phenomenon.

At first I was skeptical. It was an older woman writing about the lives of 20-somethings. I was expecting a “what is wrong with young people these days?”  And the subtitle was “Why are so many people in their 20s taking so long to grow up?”  didn’t help my impression. My defensive response — In this economy, it is not always our choice. However, the article rang true with me and many others. If nothing else, it served as a starting point for thoughtful conversation among peers, family, and coworkers across the country.

It provided the language and proof to recognize that we are not alone. That stint we spent at our (very generous)  parent’s house after college, the period of unemployment, the changing of jobs and the self-exploration is all fairly common. And the fact that we haven’t figured everything out is OK. I encourage you to read this article, if you haven’t already. And if you have, we would love to hear what you have to say about it!

Read article here: What is it about 20-somethings? (New York Times, August 18th)

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