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Young adults living at home is a story of economics. (Halfpoint/Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Young adults living at home is a story of economics. (Halfpoint/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Inside the bedrooms of twentysomethings living at home Add to ...

Get over your stereotypes of millennials living at home as basement-dwelling video game addicts. Here’s a profile of five 20-somethings who are living at home, each pictured in their bedroom. What I like about this article is the way it captures how normal these kids are.

Trevor, 23, is volunteering at a startup and has been told by his parents to stay at home as long as he can because of the money he’ll save. Shanella, 21, explains that young adults don’t typically move out in her culture unless they’re taking a job far away or getting married. It’s all very matter of fact and free of judgement.

Of course, some do see a downside to adult children loving at home. For example, there’s a theory that this trend will create a generation lacking the independence to solve its own problems. On the other hand, millennials may be developing stronger emotional bonds with their parents than previous generations.

Ultimately, young adults living at home is a story of economics. As a reminder of what they’re up against, read this.

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