Posted By Jennie Chancey on June 16, 2010
A thought-provoking piece from the folks at Mercatornet:
It’s not exactly news, but a report from Princeton University and the Brookings Institution highlights the well-established trend of “delayed adulthood” as people in their twenties prolong their education and fail to reach the milestones of marriage and parenthood. Actually, this could be more a delay in financial and social independence than in an adult attitude to life: a twenty-something student or worker can be very responsible without having married or while still living in the family home. However, delayed economic independence and family formation have consequences not only for individuals and their families but for the whole of society, as research by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood shows.
Read the rest over here. And I’d love to hear your responses to this in the comments back here. I see a whole lot going on here that illustrates how failing to think of long-term consequences years back can seriously hurt the future. Greece, anyone?