09 March 2010

Tuesday Links: "Young Adults Are..."

It's Tuesday, which means it's time once again to let the internet tell young adults who we are!

This week, young adults are...

At risk for medical complications as a result of our tattoos and piercings. (According to this piece in the Seattle Times, 50% of people between the ages of 21 and 32 have a least one type of body modification; 28% of people who get a tattoo or piercing suffer from "swelling, residual bleeding, slow healing or infection" afterward.)

Asking our parents for money. (A study done by Scottish Windows, an investment firm in the United Kingdom, finds that 35% of young adults have borrowed money from our parents to help with living expenses or to pay off debt. 47% of parents in the study say they have loaned or gifted money to their adult children.)

Not huge fans of high school guidance counselors. (48% of college-educated people say that when interacting with their counselor they felt like "another face in the crowd."

Cohabiting before marriage in greater numbers than ever before. (The New York Times reports that by the time they reach their late 30s, 61% of women have lived with a partner without---or before---being married to them.)

 Young adults: do these statistics resonate with your experience? Have you ever asked your parents for cash to tide you over when times are tight? Did you feel like your guidance counselor ignored you?

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