This morning I read an Opinion piece in the Sunday Review section of the New York Times, The Go-Nowhere Generation by Todd G. Buchholz and Victoria Buchholz. Their argument was that twenty-somethings are not packing up and moving away from home, even if it means a better chance of finding employment.
The reasons given were many. The recession has made Gen Y more risk averse. They think luck plays a big part in success so they are complacent. Many aren’t even getting driver’s licenses these days and they stay in spending their time on Facebook.
I have no argument on anything in the article, however I think that they left out one of the biggest reasons that twenty-somethings, or Gen Y, are not moving cross country, or even to a neighboring state. They were raised by the baby boom generation, and had an upbringing unlike any other generation. Gen Y kids and their parents tend to have a friendlier relationship than the often antagonistic one of earlier generations.
However, most importantly, baby boomers had trouble giving their kids independence. With parents always hovering, helping them fill out college applications and doing everything for them, how can young adults possibly start a life far away from their parents? Life is so easy at home. Just like wild animals raised in captivity, many Gen Y kids don’t have the skills to make it on their own.
What do you think?
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