PUBLIC OPINION > Don't Move Back Home With Your Parents
Living 2012/03/30 13:00:00
The economy is tough. For young people just getting out on their own, it's especially tough. The job market is thin, the skill gap is wide, and the rent is too damn high. As a result, the number of people between the ages of 25 and 34 who live with their parents is up from 4.7 million before the recession to 5.9 million -- about a fifth of the age group. We asked the public if moving back in with the 'rents sounds like a good idea.
Tough living or not, most people think moving back in with your parents is a bad idea. To be fair, older (and younger) generations sometimes answered in reference to their own situations, and many "No" votes included asides like "if I had no other options at all" or "if possible." On the other hand, many of the "Yes" voters said the same thing, so it really came down to a gut response. And most people's gut says get your own place ASAP.
Teens Want Out
Young adults, the age group this whole poll centers around, was just about split on the issue, and willingness to move back dropped as voters got older. But the most interesting age demographic was the teens. With the exception of voters over 55, teens were the least willing to stay with their parents. That's because most of them still do, and they want out. Now.
Smokers Stay Away
Sometimes it's tough to determine why smokers might vote differently. It's not a very big difference, and doesn't come with a whole lot of stereotypes. But in this case, it's obvious. Smokers don't want to live with their parents because their parents don't want them to smoke. We're pretty positive about this one.
Finally, one of the biggest differences was relationship status. Again, this one is pretty obvious. First of all, if you're married there's a good chance you can already support yourself, if not an entire family, so there would be no reason to move back. Second of all, sex. Less enjoyable with your parents down the hall.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our poll about living with parents. We'd love to hear from you!
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