They're Americans ages 22 to 35 “caught between adolescence and adulthood in a life exploration that goes on forever,” says Sally Koslow, author of Slouching Toward Adulthood: Observations from the Not-So-Empty Nest. According to the 2010 census, 5.9 million Americans ages 25 to 35 have moved back home, forcing their mothers into parental overtime. For 10 months Kos-low, a novelist and former magazine editor-in-chief, was in that pickle herself. But as she researched her book, the younger -generation—whom she calls “adultescents”—won her sympathy.
“The economy has everything to do with this,” she says. “These kids have really been screwed. We boomers took it for granted that if you were out of a job, you could get another. We thought we were smart, but we were lucky.”
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