Nowadays, the most common place you’ll see the “millenial living in his or her parents’ basement” stereotype is a bad TV show or movie. That image – the laptop, the sweat pants, the Cheetos stains – transitioned from mildly amusing to way overused a long time ago.
But here in Connecticut, parents of millenials don’t have to turn on their TVs to see it. They can just walk into their house and turn their heads in the direction of the couch.
That’s because, according to Trend CT, “more than 40 percent of Connecticut’s 18- to 34-year-olds still live with their parents, the second highest rate in the country, just after New Jersey.”
Wow. As a millenial myself, I understand all the problems of being a young person in a country where housing is incredibly expensive, student loans are an unfathomable burden, and jobs are few and far between. It’s not easy to make it on your own out there, and I’d be lying if I said my parents didn’t help me out here and there along the way.
But circumstances can’t be the only factor to blame here. If you’re 34 and still living with your parents, you’re doing something wrong. I don’t know what it is, but even if you got your Masters Degree or something, you’ve almost certainly had a solid decade to figure your life out.
So I’ll sympathize with all you people in your early 20’s still trying to navigate the world of job applications, debt management, and general adulting, but you can only play the “I’m not really an adult yet” card for so long. Once you hit 25 or 26, it’s time to find a real roommate – not the kind that does your laundry, cleans your room, and spend years tucking you into bed at night.