A story about jobs, bachelors, bachelor’s degrees — and a very weird government definition of “home”
BECAUSE SHIT IS EXPENSIVE YOU IDIOTS
THIS IS ONLY SURPRISING IF YOU ARE COMPLETELY INCAPABLE OF FOLLOWING THE NEWS AND LOOKING AT THE REALITY OF THE JOB MARKET FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS
ugh i am so fucking done with this kind of journalism. anyone who can’t explain this in two minutes shouldn’t be allowed to open their mouth about “millenials”; should not get columns devoted to their opinions or ideas or fauxstalgic soap-boxing. i am so fucking done with the upper class shaming recent college grads for doing whatever they can to save whatever they can, like it’s a horrific embarrassment to cohabit with relatives.
happy labor day.
oh no COHABITING WITH RELATIVES, the horror!!!
in my case, my dad lost his fucking job. that reality applies to many of us - I’m living at home because my income helps my goddamned family stay afloat since the recession fucked up our lives, but hey, that doesn’t fit into this predetermined lazy-ass narrative about millenials so let’s not talk about that!
(and when my dad is employed again, I’m going to continue living at home for a while so we can recover financially, because economic stability is a wee bit more important to me than establishing my own household for literally no pressing reason other than “a lot of clueless people think it’s weird that I live at home.”)
dare i also say this is totally a white people thing? and an upper middle class thing? and a born-in-the-US thing?
all the immigrants i know (from various countries and cultures) think the US attitude towards financial independence at 18 is stupid and bizarre. family is family. your parents raise you, you give back. you’re never really on your own. there’s no EXPECTATION of abandonment, you still have responsibilities towards your elders. same goes for lots of religious and native minority communities i’ve encountered
you live at home for child care, you live at home to save for a down payment, you live at home to share vehicles, you live at home to help elderly relatives, you live at home for your siblings or your pets or the location, or you live at home BECAUSE YOU LIKE IT
this fucking bullshit.
and to be fair: many folks have extremely compelling reasons not to live at home! (for our mutual welfare and sanity, my mother and I cannot live under the same roof. in fact we’re both better off when not living in the same state, so…there’s that.)
but the story goes, “these people are going back to their family homes - how strange, how unfortunate, etc.” the story never considers that living at home can be normal, can be positive, can be helpful. that some people struggle because living at home isn’t even an option.
the cultural push towards setting up one’s own household at 18 / upon graduating college has nothing to do with people making the choices which best suit their particular needs and circumstances, so it’s doubly maddening to have that held up as some measure of Achieving Adulthood or whatever.