Over the last three decades, there has been laxity among women and men to assume the roles of adulthood. During the postwar era through to the mid-1980s, at age twenty-five, one had already transitioned to adulthood by marrying and finding a purpose in life (Berlin et al., 2010). The trend would later change with the majority at that particular age bracket finding it difficult to move from the care of their parents and set up their life elsewhere. The shift into assuming adulthood roles from the age of around twenty-five to thirty or mid-thirties has significantly impacted the achievements that an individual should have recorded while still energetic.
One reason which leads to meeting some adulthood roles is late marriages. While people would marry as early as age twenty-five more than thirty years ago, today, people have formed a habit of marrying late (Berlin et al., 2010). In many instances, marriage is always the driving factor for one to assume the roles and responsibilities of adulthood. When one intends to marry, they will first look for a place to settle before picking their marriage partner. This would mean that a person moves from their parent’s home and start working on how to pay their bills. Late marriages lead to a lot of laxities, one will rarely achieve some adulthood obligations while still under their parent’s care. This is because everything will be provided for them hence little attempt to depend on themselves.
The delay in finding a purpose in life is also another factor which makes men and women in contemporary society to achieve milestones of adulthood later in life. It is common for the young adults nowadays in their twenties to assume that they are young unless they are forced to be responsible buy other circumstances beyond control (Berlin et al., 2010). Living in comfort could make one realize what their purpose is, by then, some of the milestones which they would have achieved could have bypassed them.
Question: Is it true that men and women of up to thirty years still find it comfortable to stay with their parents?
Berlin, G., Furstenberg, F., & Waters, M. C. (2010). Research network on transitions to adulthood. MacArthur Foundation – MacArthur Foundation.