BY: STEPHANIE JL TAN | DECEMBER 1, 2013
1) Completing school
2) Leaving home
3) Becoming financially independent
4) Getting married
5) Having a child
In 1960, 77% of women and 65% of men had, by the time they reached 30, passed all five milestones. Among 30-year-olds in 2000, according to data from the United States Census Bureau, fewer than half of the women and one-third of the men had done so.
It is evident that the times they are a-changin'! This old "lockstep marching" or rigidity in the transition to adulthood no longer exists. Some don't achieve these traditional five milestones, including people who willingly or unwillingly choose to be single, childless, gay, or are unable to marry, among other reasons. Some may even reach these milestones in a totally different order.
One thing is evident though—reaching adulthood is happening later than ever. Why do you think this is happening? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
The content for today's post came from a New York Times article by Robin M. Henig that can be found here.