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On 20-Somethings

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/magazine/22Adulthood-t.html

I'm sick of articles like this. I really am. I see another new article like this about every other week, on how my generation hasn't gotten jobs and solved global warming and may occasionally need to move back home to save money.

I hate my generation as much as everyone else, but here's a quick rundown of why my generation has "failed."

The superior generation of baby boomers sent us all to die in Iraq while they crashed our economy 1929-style, meaning we can't get any jobs with out college degrees that put us $50,000 in debt. So, while we, the 20-somethings are dead in a foreign country or underemployed and in tens of thousands of dollars in debt, we have failed to stop your old-people multinational corporations from pumping hundreds of tons of carbon dioxide into the air every year. Sorry about that.

Fuck you, old people. Eat shit and die you.

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Comments

I don't agree with the old-people hate, though.

Not even reading the whole article. I already know what it'll say.

There's something that caught my eye while I was skimming the first page, a little piece of FAIL that, if this pere in a paper magazine, make me drop it in the wastebin:

We’re in the thick of what one sociologist calls “the changing timetable for adulthood.” Sociologists traditionally define the “transition to adulthood” as marked by five milestones: completing school, leaving home, becoming financially independent, marrying and having a child. In 1960, 77 percent of women and 65 percent of men had, by the time they reached 30, passed all five milestones. Among 30-year-olds in 2000, according to data from the United States Census Bureau, fewer than half of the women and one-third of the men had done so. A Canadian study reported that a typical 30-year-old in 2001 had completed the same number of milestones as a 25-year-old in the early ’70s.

There are so many problems with these set milestones that I can barely begin to name them, but here's a sampling:

1) completing how much school?
2) how much does it cost to complete school nowadays? Oh right.
3) leaving home so you can pay absurd rent?
4) leaving home is an American ideal.
5) becoming financially independant is probably the only thing on this list that I agree with that people should do. However, note how easy this is or isn't in a economy like ours.
6) I am not even going to touch "marrying and having a child". Those two are no more indictors of maturity/adulthood than putting on your own clothes or being potty-trained are.

In conclusion: this article is bollocks.