Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Today's youths are taking more time to grow up

A new study suggests youths are taking longer to grow up these days. The Statistics Canada study says young adults took longer to "make key life transitions to adulthood" in 2001 than the same group in 1971.

The study found that young people in 2001:
  • Took longer to achieve independence;
  • Left school later;
  • Stayed at home longer;
  • Entered the labour market later;
  • And postponed conjugal unions and parenthood.

1971 vs 2001:

In 2001, 40% of men and 27% of women aged 25 were living at home, compared with 22% of men and 11% of women of the same age in 1971.

True... New generations spend money on luxury stuffs (such as sport cars, video games, entertainment systems, etc.) instead of houses or apartments...

Also, married couples now only have 1 or 2 kids. The kids already have their own rooms. Why spend money renting a room elsewhere?

On average, a 25-year-old in 2001 had gone through the same number of transitions as a 22-year-old in 1971. A 30-year-old in the later generation averaged the same number of transitions as a 25-year-old in the earlier generation.

Parents like to say: When I was at your age, I've already done this and that...
Well... We are approx. 5 years behind!!
Next time when parents say that sentence again, we should just say: According to Statistic Canada, I'll do this and that in 5 years!
Hahahahaha..... :P

In 2001, half of all 22-year-olds were still in school; only one in five was in a conjugal union such as a common-law relationship or marriage; and one in 11 had kids. In 1971, by contrast, three-quarters of young adults had left school by age 22, almost half were married and one in four had kids.

In current job market, if we don't have a high education, we can't get a job!!

Young adults tended to space their transitions more closely together in 1971, reaching most of the milestones to adulthood between their late teens and mid-20s, and fewer transitions in their early 30s. By 2001, the time period had increased, with more young people stretching the process out from their late teens to their early 30s.

Wow... People in their early 30s are still late teens.... ;-)
Who said we are immature?

Men vs Women:

Men, both in 1971 and 2001, were more likely to leave school and start full-time work at an earlier age than young women.

Well... I guess guys don't like school...

Men three decades ago matured faster than the 2001 cohort, because they were more likely to be in a conjugal relationship and to have children. Women by age 34 in 2001 had made just as many transitions as 34-year-old women in 1971, although they were more likely to have gotten full-time work and less likely to have gotten married and had children.

Well... I don't really agree with this....
Married and having children shouldn't be the guidelines for maturity...
A person can be married and have children but still immature...


Many more women in the more recent generation were university-educated. In 1971, 7 per cent were university-educated. That number rose to 29 per cent in 2001.

Only 29%?? I thought the percentage should be higher... :(

The Canadian Press
National Post

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