Last week, we pointed out some of the leading players in the social media landscape are older than the average recent college graduate, which sparked a lively discussion about ageism and the current digital age. But as roles of adults and younger generations have increasingly blurred, is it becoming more difficult to pinpoint ageism in a cut and dry way?
It seems like in today's technologically-savvy day and age, the traditional roles of age are diminishing. People are waiting until later in life to leave their parent's nest, which also means later to get married and have babies of their own. But on the other hand, the access to so many tools via the internet has launched the careers and lifestyles of some young people faster than it ever could thirty years ago (read: Tavi Gevinson).
In an article posted on Reuters, the author explores the statistical data of older children living with their parents, “The number of adult children living with parents increased 1.2 million to 15.8 million between 2007 and 2010, the Census Bureau said. Those ages 25 to 34 accounted for two thirds of the 823,000 increase in adult children living with parents during that period, according to the report.” If you think abut it, that's a pretty significant jump.
The reason? The article cites the severe 2007 – 2009 economic recession and lack of jobs.
This “never leave the nest” attitude has also affected the social norms in adult leisurely activities; today there's 40-year-old men competing for the title at the Annual International Classic Video Game Tournament, commuters are increasingly looking to play games on their way to work, and it's not unusual for adults to watch cartoons late at night on TV.
But with the rise of digital media, and a “do it yourself” attitude that followed suit with the popularization of the internet and social media, it also seems like there are younger successful CEOs than ever (including fashion bloggers).
Things then become even more complicated — as the mainstream school of thought is that most fashion bloggers are still young enough to be covered by Obamacare, there are still plenty of very successful bloggers over the age of thirty.
In short, it seems like there is an ever-growing grey area when it comes to age expectations.
So, is this all a phase or is ageism an antiquated idea?
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