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Today's Big Idea: Adultolescence

The Big Idea for Friday, September 14, 2012

A phase that once consisted of a few awkward years has evolved into a whole new developmental stage of its own: adultolescence. 

In short, young men and women are postponing adult responsibilities and clinging to their aging parents for security. 

American sociologist and gender specialist Michael Kimmel examines this question as it relates to men in particular in Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. This group consists of over 22 million young men, aged 16 to 26 who would have been poised to take their place in the professional world if they were part of past generations, but not today.

For these young men, their future's are being differed, and in terms of personal and professional expectations, 30 is most certainly the new 20. 




  1. 1 Exile In Guyland
    David Berning Think Tank
  2. 2 The Incivility Gender Gap
    Pamela Haag Harpy's Review
  3. 3 Why did you write All The Sad Young Literary Men?
    Keith Gessen
  4. 4 Adultolescence: It's the Beginning of a New Age
    Megan Erickson Think Tank

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