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Old 09-14-2010, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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There's a possibility that I may be on TV as part of a panel to discuss the trend of 20-somethings living at home (or moving back home). It's based on this article:

LINK: NY Times - What is it about 20-somethings?

It's a ten-page article, but you get the gist of it on the first page. Interesting read (but maybe that's just my opinion, as a 20-something who temporarily moved back in with the folks).

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Old 09-14-2010, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's quite difficult for certain young people who are trying to establish their career and lives to become financially independant and live on their own. Especially in the city of Toronto where the cost of living is pretty damn high.

It's shitty for some people, but it's reality.

I was living with my oldman and lady until my late 20s.
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mind you some people are just lazy gobshites who don't want to leave home and have their priorities all back-asswards. Parents get them out of jams, pay for everything. those are the same people to complain about their parents too. Everyone knows someone like that.
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I lived at home until 21
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It's quite difficult for certain young people who are trying to establish their career and lives to become financially independant and live on their own. Especially in the city of Toronto where the cost of living is pretty damn high.

It's shitty for some people, but it's reality.

I was living with my oldman and lady until my late 20s.
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mind you some people are just lazy gobshites who don't want to leave home and have their priorities all back-asswards. Parents get them out of jams, pay for everything. those are the same people to complain about their parents too. Everyone knows someone like that.
Agreed, on both counts.

I know some people that haven't even entertained the idea of ever living on their own, and 30 isn't so far away for them.

I hated having to move back. Toronto job-hunting sucks, but I'll be ecstatic when I can get back there and be on my own.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Im 20 at home, when I'm done school I'm taking my vehicle and im OUT
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20 somthings are usually in some sort of transition. School, job, relationship, etc. I dont have a prob with 20-26's living at home. Parents should be willing to help in those transitional periods.

27-?? are the issue.
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20 somthings are usually in some sort of transition. School, job, relationship, etc. I dont have a prob with 20-26's living at home. Parents should be willing to help in those transitional periods.

27-?? are the issue.
Yep. I just turned 27. But maybe it's not the same, since I moved out at 24. Who knows.

But it's even becoming common for people in their early 30's to still be at home. I know a few who travelled extensively, and then went back home to their parents. But, in my opinion, that's ok because it's a temporary place.
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I know a few who traveled extensively, and then went back home to their parents. But, in my opinion, that's ok because it's a temporary place.
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Old 09-14-2010, 12:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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in many, many cultures, and for most of the history of euro-north american cultures, families always lived together. it seems odd to me that we are now thinking that this is unusual. quite frankly, with 2-working-parent families, it would be a lot easier if we still lived with, or at least near, mom and dad.

but we insist that it is not ok for adults to live with their parents, and so we send our kids to daycare, which costs as much as rent and puts the raising of kids into the hands of strangers.

i will do it myself, but i wonder all the time why.
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I moved out of the house at 18. Part of me wish i had stayed at home until my mid 20's so i can get ahead and be more financially sound when i finally did move out.

Oh well, can't unring a bell.
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I'm 19 in my third year of university. By the time I graduate I'll be 21 and if all things stay the course I've secured a stable, well-paying job right out of school.

The plan is to live with my parents for a couple years, get my money in check, buy a car, and hopefully travel around Europe if there's enough cheddar leftover.
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I moved out of the house at 18. Part of me wish i had stayed at home until my mid 20's so i can get ahead and be more financially sound when i finally did move out.

Oh well, can't unring a bell.
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I'm 19 in my third year of university. By the time I graduate I'll be 21 and if all things stay the course I've secured a stable, well-paying job right out of school.

The plan is to live with my parents for a couple years, get my money in check, buy a car, and hopefully travel around Europe if there's enough cheddar leftover.
forget the car. go to europe (or, even better thailand) instead. you won't regret it for a second.
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my brother in-law lived at home well into his 40's. He finally got a little bit of work and managed to move a couple of blocks away, and still relies on the free meals and laundry service.
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my brother in-law lived at home well into his 40's. He finally got a little bit of work and managed to move a couple of blocks away, and still relies on the free meals and laundry service.
My cousin is 31 and still lives at home. He's a bum. He's had 1 job in the last 10yrs and it was given to him by his brother in-law and only lasted about a year. IMO, it's his parents fault as much as anyone. They give him money whenever he asks and they bought his sisters truck after the lease ended and gave it to him, paying his insurance. Pathetic, he sleeps 'til noon everyday.
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my brother in-law lived at home well into his 40's. He finally got a little bit of work and managed to move a couple of blocks away, and still relies on the free meals and laundry service.
Geez. Does he wanna be on TV? He should email the producer of this show.
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In our culture, the kids live with the parents until they either (a) get married or (b) have to move somewhere else for work. I know 30 year olds who still live with their parents; they help manage the household and take care of their parents. Not a big deal.
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In our culture, the kids live with the parents until they either (a) get married or (b) have to move somewhere else for work. I know 30 year olds who still live with their parents; they help manage the household and take care of their parents. Not a big deal.
Which culture?
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I wanted the hell out when I was 19 and luckily, I'd gotten into art college. That meant a little apartment in a scary building on Bathurst for a year for $350 until I moved to nicer digs, but I was happy as a lark. Really, in that tiny apartment - which was no bigger than my bedroom at home (plus a bathroom) I was in heaven.
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