The Millennial: Tech-Savvy, Still Living With Mom

Peter Pan lurks among underemployed 20somethings
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2010 10:44 AM CDT
Millennials are widely extending that 18-year commitment til, you know, whenevers.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Maybe it's the crap economy, or maybe they're just sensitive, but 20-something millennials are proving you can go home again—in fact, you can never leave. Long lauded for their tech savvy, the Washington Post notes that 20-somethings are not only not flying the coop later than previous generations, they're also still depending on mom and dad for meals, tax preparation, and even calling out that mean boss.

"They'll call and say something like, 'Lucy shouldn't have to work at Christmas,' " says one HR exec. And that health reform provision allowing kids to piggyback on parents' insurance til they're 26? Not likely to help. Says one Realtor besieged by young clients in constant contact with mommy and daddy, "When I think back to earlier years, the young people I dealt with used to be proud of their independence."

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