The biggest piece of information over the past few days is the Pew Research Center’s latest findings. It concerns how many millennials are, in fact, living with their parents.
Specifically, Pew is looking at women.
According to the research, the number of young women (ages 18-34) living with parents as at its highest rate since the 1930s – 36.4 percent in a survey. How many 18-34 men are living with parents? 42.8 percent, which is the highest mark since the 1940s.
Those were the post-Depression days, and at the time, numbers were decreasing. We would hit a low mark around 1960, with plenty of young marriages and low-cost housing (and housing development), plus the value of higher-education wasn’t as pronounced.
The problem today? We’re still coming out of a recession, higher-education loans are radically high, and young people aren’t marrying like they used to.
Really, the American Dream is dying. In 1960, the American Dream was everything. We’ve come a long way, baby.
Aziz Ansari is sort of The Man of the Moment right now. His “Master of None” is getting rave reviews. He recently wrote eloquently about issues of race in entertainment in the New York Times. And now he has millennials grasping for tissues because his dad is sweet.
Ansari wrote a nice Facebook and Instagram note about his father, who plays his character Dev’s father in “Master of None.” Basically Ansari’s dad used all his vacation time to act in the show, simply because he loves his son and would do anything for him.
That made Ansari really happy and teary. Which made us really happy and teary.
Yes, millennials live with their parents. Yes, there’s a clash between millennials and their baby boomer parents. But clear that aside and you see a very simple core: most of us all want what’s best for each other and are desperately trying to navigate this world for good.
The New York Times is on top of a new trend: Uber, but for dogs. It’s called Bark’N’Borrow, an app designed for people to, get this, rent a dog.
Basically it works like Uber (or kind of like Tinder). You say what you’re looking for in a dog. Matches appear. You choose a match and connect with the owner. You meet the owner and, possibly, plan an overnight stay. The dog stays with you overnight, then you return it to the owner.
Apparently the user may be seeking dog companionship, a canine friend for a child, whatever a dog may provide. And for the dog owner, maybe he or she is going away for a night, maybe he or she doesn’t want to pay for a kennel. There’s something personal about the service, something human. It’s actually more like an Airbnb, but for dogs.
Either way, sharing is caring. Millennials know this, they’re doing it.