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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 08:52 am

If you feel like telling millennials to grow up, you might as well save your breath. They apparently like being young just fine:

Many millennials don't consider themselves as adults until 30 years old, and some don't believe they are one until 40, according to a new study.

As more millennials delay moving out of their parents' home, getting a job and are paying their own bills, the age of adulthood has been pushed back.

[. . .]

Previous generations would have settled down and had a few children by 30, they found.

However, this is happening later and later these days and the age range for millennials is now 22 to 40.

I guess this is the part where we're supposed to deplore the coddling of a generation. We spoiled those kids rotten, gave 'em everything. Now, they don't want to leave the basement and face the real world. Letting them stay on Mom and Dad's insurance until they're halfway through their 20s was the dumbest thing we ever did.

But I do't have it in me.

What is it about the age of 30? What gives it magic powers?

My generation's version of 30 angst was "Never trust anybody over 30." That supposedly meant we were a collection of hippie brats who didn't think much of the adult world. Actually, it was something free speech activist Jack Weinberg threw off the top of his head at an annoying reporter:

 "I was being interviewed by a newspaper reporter, and he was making me very angry. It seemed to me his questions were implying that we were being directed behind the scenes by Communists or some other sinister group. I told him we had a saying in the movement that we don't trust anybody over 30. It was a way of telling the guy to back off, that nobody was pulling our strings."

The story ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, and Chronicle columnist Ralph Gleason highlighted the phrase in his column. The saying then went viral (at least the '60s equivalent of going viral),  becoming a favorite for reporters and columnists wishing to ridicule the young, the New Left or the hippie/Yippie movement.

I can see the same thing happening today. Some kid is in his mom's basement, bummed out because his girlfriend just dumped him, and he gets a call from some reporter looking to get the demographic scoop. "I'm not leaving this damn basement until I'm 30," he tells the reporter. Reporter does a big story about a kid who doesn't want to grow up, a pollster sees it and decides to ask a thousand kids what they think, and there yoy have it, a trend is discovered.

BTW, I suspect that Phoebe Weston, the person who wrote the story, is, well, pretty young. She doesn't seem to quite have a grasp on recent history. She says millennials, born roughly between 1979 and 1995 are being coddled by their baby boomer parents:

According to William Strauss and Neil Howe's book 'Generations' a generation lasts for 18 years.

Using this rationale, Baby Boomers are those born before 1978.

She kind of skips a whole generation there. Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 and were parents to Gen. X, who are the ones actually spoling the millennials. We're just the grandparents, so don't blame us.

ELSEWHERE IN THE NEWS

New York Times journalists have released a new list of racial terms they find "botersome," including ”ethnic,” "person of color” and “illegal immigrant.” John Eligon, the paper's national correspondent, found “ethnic”a troublesome term because it “normalizes” whiteness.

A true glutton for punishment: Huma Abedin is giving Anthony Weiner one more last chance. She must have sat down one day and asked herself, "What would Hillary do?"

"The populations of some of our largest cities are steadily shrinking, and many experts are completely mystified by the seismic demographic shifts that we are now witnessing." No big mystery. We needed to live in big cities, so we did. Now we don't need to, so we don't.

94-year-old woman honored for 44 years working at McDonald's. More power to her. I just worked there a couple of years, but it seemed like 44.

Students can unburden themselves of the sin of hypermasculinity at the masculinity confession booth of the University of Regina in Canada.

A Canadian provincial government will not allow Lome Grabher to put his last name on his license plate because it would be offensive to women. Louis Biteme unavailable for comment.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says DOJ will withhold funding from those places declaring themselves sanctuary cities. Yeah, thumbing their noses at the people giving them money — who do they think they are, countries on the foreign aid list?

If you tell a lie oftern enough, it will strart to stick: Half of Americans are now "concerned global warming believers."

Our education tax dollars at work: Students are instructed to write an essay on 9/11 from the terrorists' perspective.

New study says navigation systems may dull our brains. Same deal with spell checkers and other aids that free us from difficult tasks. Use it or lose it.

Reform can't come soon enough: Taxpayers spend 6.1 billion hours a year just to comply with the federal tax code, according to the Tax Foundation, and tax compliance costs taxpayers $234 billion per year in direct costs and lost productivity.

Of course he is. Josh Earnest is now a "political analyst" for NBC and MSNBC. 

Hey, he's a Hoosier and Hoosiers always take care of their bills: Indiana pastor accused of setting up robbery at his home, then using the insurance money to settle his drug debt.



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