So the new Time magazine cover article concerns the generation of 18-25 year olds called Twixters. The Time article characterizes this generation in three ways: still living at home, waiting a few years past college graduation to get married and having children, and changing careers often immediately post-college. I think the article is disturbingly neo-conservative -- it acknowledges that my generation can not expect to do financially as well as our parents and are often not prepared for a career fromour college degrees (For instance, I have no idea is I could ever get a job with just my undergrad degree), but condemns us for not being adult and settling down. I agree with criticisms of people post-college who just move home to their parent's house and do nothing. However, I am not quite sure why anyone rationally wouldn't want to gain relationship experience and job experimentation when one can do it fairly risk free. This doesn't mean that the Twixters are indecisive or need to "grow up." Instead I think it is the result of two things. In terms of relationships, there is overwhelming research that my generation is strongly in agreement with marriage and also want to move away from the overwhelming rates of divorce that exist. I think we tend to believe in marriage as a love relationship, and not made for the purpose of a mate, someone to raise children with, or someone to rely on for financial support. Why would one want to pick a person for these reasons -- all are things one can do on their own and don't necessarily need another for. So, why not experiment with different relationships if a) you don't need another to have basic family structures and b) you believe in marriage as a life-long commitment.
In terms of one's career, I am not quite sure what I think of all of this. In some ways, I think that this whole Josph Campbell-esque "follow your bliss" thing might be bunk in terms of one's career. My bliss currently includes: reading, bicycling, shopping for shoes, and walking. Somehow, this does not seem to lead to many career options. I also wish that before deciding what to do after college I thought a little bit less about the things I liked to do and more about the life I wanted to have and what were the lifestyles of various careers. By lifestyle, I don't solely mean salary, but time each week working, job stress, etc. I know academia will never be like this (and I know that thinkers like Edward Said say that the move of academia towards a more career-type model like I am describing is dooming academia), but instead will want your work to be your life and passion.