Like salmon that impulsively return to their birthing grounds once they’ve reached adulthood, so, too, is our primal instinct calling us back home.
A recent analysis from the Pew Research Center shows that 18- to 34-year-olds are more likely to be living at home than with their significant others.
Because nothing says “romance” quite like needing to wait till the rents are on vacation to Netflix and chill.
According to Pew:
This turn of events is fueled primarily by the dramatic drop in the share of young Americans who are choosing to settle down romantically before age 35. Dating back to 1880, the most common living arrangement among young adults has been living with a romantic partner, whether a spouse or a significant other. This type of arrangement peaked around 1960, when 62% of the nation’s 18- to 34-year-olds were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, and only one-in-five were living with their parents.
By 2014, 31.6% of young adults were living with a spouse or partner in their own household, below the share living in the home of their parent(s) (32.1%). Some 14% of young adults were heading up a household in which they lived alone, were a single parent or lived with one or more roommates. The remaining 22% lived in the home of another family member (such as a grandparent, in-law or sibling), a non-relative, or in group quarters (college dormitories fall into this category).
Long story short: we’re too busy getting our shit together.
In the middle of finding a decent job, paying off loans, networking our asses off and saving for our futures, we haven’t exactly had time to fit in settling down with a family. Excuse us for getting our priorities in line.
On top of it all, we’ve got dating apps like Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge and Grindr coming out of the woodwork with every passing day. Hell, there’s even one called Maple Match for people looking for a friendly Canadian to wed if Trump wins the presidency. It has over 10,000 users.
Point is, with millennials focusing all their energy on solidifying a viable career path it’s no wonder they’ve begun to treat what little social life they have like it’s the Summer of Love. For the time being, saving some effort and hunkering down in mom and dad’s basement sounds like a pretty good plan.
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