Young adults have recently set a new standard of choosing to live with their parents. Normally, young adults leave their parents’ homes when they set out to establish their own. While many linger around their childhood homes when they complete school, it seems that it’s becoming increasingly common for young adults to stick around their old stomping grounds just a little longer. What may be the reasons for this increasing trend?
First, young adults live with their parents as a result of the economic downturn. The outbreak of pandemics such as Covid-19 may prevent young adults from moving to their own homes. When a pandemic emerges, new living arrangements are formed, impacting young adults and overall economic growth, hence preventing them from moving to their new homes.
Most of them are single
Secondly, young adults live with their parents because they are not married. The rise of single young adults and fall of marriage rates force young adults to live with their parents. Even when young adults stay single for a long period, they should not live with their parents.
The old family regression is pleasurable.
When young adults are aging, some routines which have not been there for some time, re enter their life. Such emerging routines during this stage of “adulting” strengthen relationships between parents and their children. Young adults get along very well with their parents compared to what may have happened during adolescence. This creates the likelihood of developing deeper connections and relationships. The likelihood of young adults living with the parents has also been influenced by social factors such as the cultural background.
Feeling of failure
It is hard to shake the fear of failure, which is derived from cultural programming. Many young adults think that getting out of their parents’ house is an essential component of entering adulthood. There seems to be a stigma when they fail to reach such milestones. The impatient tone is the order of the day among young adults. Further, the living standards of young adults may be experienced due to low-income households. In this case, young adults opt to live with their parents since the benefits system would reduce their payments.
It all boils down to economic, psychological, and social factors. Other young adults go back to their parents’ homes due to job loss, a failed marriage, or a desire to help parents who may be in need.
Personally, I’m still living with my parents and one of the reasons is not being financially stable. This situation has its benefits, however I would much prefer to live alone and have my own privacy.
Artjona Lireza is a staff writer for The Sting.