This piece describes our generation as a new developmental stage in psychology. “Emerging Adulthood” is the result of cultural and societal changes that allow young people to become adults later in life.
I’m personally familiar with this concept, but I’ve always assumed that it was the result of my upper-middle class white privilege. So it’s interesting that a researcher finds that this trend might ALSO exist for disadvantaged young adults.
Despite these impressions, Arnett insists that emerging adulthood is not limited to young persons of privilege and that it is not simply a period of self-indulgence. He takes pains in “Emerging Adulthood” to describe some case histories of young men and women from hard-luck backgrounds who use the self-focus and identity exploration of their 20s to transform their lives.
Perhaps there’s a solid base of the population no longer concerned with outdated approaches to work, social interaction, and consumption.