Just like the flight of a boomerang, young adults who moved out of their parents’ households are coming back home. About three of ten young adults (29%) between the ages of 25 and 34 are now living with their parents, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.
The 1950s was the last time we saw the same percentage of adults living in multi-generational households, Pew analysts report. Since then, the figure has fallen steadily, reaching its lowest point in 1980 when only 11% of adults lived in multi-generational households.
When I was a young adult, returning home was something to be avoided at all costs. This wasn’t because I had a poor relationship with my parents. It was simply the ethos at the time—and the economy was reasonably good so one could find a job that paid a living wage. Not so today. The bad economy and poor job prospects are the main reasons why young adults are moving back home.
And it seems to be working out. Only 18% of young adults (ages 18–34) say that living with their parents has been bad for their relationships. About a third (34%) say it has been good for their relationships. Almost half (47%) say it hasn’t made a difference one way or the other.
Are you a member of the Boomerang Generation?
Have your adult children come back to live with you?
How’s it working out?
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Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue.