Millennials Don't Consider Themselves Adults Until 30

Tyler Durden's picture

Turns out, you might be a millennial and not even know it. Even if you’re approaching 40. As's Tony Maglio reports, according to new research by CBS’ TV ratings guru David Poltrack and Nielsen Catalina Solutions, the youngest millennials should be graduating college this year — but that doesn’t mean they all consider themselves adults.

The median age of millennials is 30, Poltrack says — meaning that half are older and half are younger. And 30 happens to be the age at which millennials tend to self-identify as adults, Poltrack said. For these purposes, an “adult” is defined as “someone who has moved out of their parents’ home, has a job, and pays their own bills.”

How did millennials start seeming so middle-aged? Poltrack says it because of “lazy” classifications that defined millennials as those 18-to-34. Poltrack, one of the most respected people in studying the demographics of TV viewers, uses designations like “millennial” to simplify who’s watching what.

He and the Center for Generational Kinetics both use the term to describe those born between 1979 and 1995, based on years prescribed by William Strauss and Neil Howe’s book “Generations.” It defines a generation as lasting for 18 years, and works forward from the giant Baby Boomer generation. Their kids, the next largest generation, are millennials. People born after 1995 are actually members of Gen Z.

Why are millennials taking so long to grow up and move out? Some of it is their fault, some of it is their parents’ fault, and much of it is everyone’s fault.

For starters, the December 2007-June 2009 recession made finding employment harder — especially for recent college grads, many of whom happened to saddled with a ton student loan debt. High housing costs, meanwhile, reduced any stigma connected to living at home.

“More controversial is the whole idea that their baby boomer parents have really coddled them,” Poltrack told TheWrap. “They’ve made it too good for them. Why would you leave?”

Well, at some point it’s pretty much to get married and have kids — to be an “adult,” in other words. That’s when people truly become valuable to someone like Poltrack, who wants them to buy a house and a few TVs — and tune in to CBS.

“Only now are they really coming into their own in terms of being major consumers of goods and services, and therefore a major economic component as well as a population component,” he explained.

The older people get, the more television they watch.

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Jaspergers's picture

Time to raise the voting age?

Bastiat's picture

At what point will anyone else recognize them as adults?

Manthong's picture

So sad… the snowflakes will never know what hit them….

In WW2 men were made at 17 or 18 years….

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

"Self identify"?

Enough with this bullshit already

knukles's picture

So Lena Dunham's shit outta luck?

nuubee's picture

Adults only exist when they have to take care of children. Since no one with normal income in the west procreates before 25 these days... that would figure.

InjectTheVenom's picture

The Pussification of America continues......

Jim Sampson's picture

Thank you Gov't!  Thank you Boomers! 


They can all go FUCK THEMSELVES!!!  Especially the boomers!

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Fuck you too... go pay a lifetime of taxes and get back to us. Until then, shut your useless pie hole and get to fucking work.

Manthong's picture

“In WW2 men were made at 17 or 18 years….”

Gee, I hope I did not offend any of the veterans who have served honorably and had the unfortunate experience to be sent to the hell-hole of G W Bush’s … FAKE WAR.

I served a few years before that and it helped me to get educated.

froze25's picture

Being in uncomfortable positions makes you grow as a person and become an adult real quick, especially being in a hell hole being shot at.

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) froze25 Mar 23, 2017 1:46 PM

Higher majority of millennials will end up living on the streets and ONLY the Conservative ones will get their American Dream:

Ivanka and Family Have Wonderful Vacation in Aspen


Art Van Delay's picture

Are millennial those that Darwin was telling about?

The unfit to pass their genes.

Logan 5's picture
Logan 5 (not verified) Art Van Delay Mar 23, 2017 2:54 PM

I am LOGAN 5...


I am a Sandman ~ At age 30 you go to CAROUSEL... & take your chances with renewal...


AldousHuxley's picture

FISCALLY Conservatives SAVE money....they know winter is coming after summer

FISCALLY Liberals SPEND money....they spend it all during summer and act like victims every winter



but most people value too highly of themselves and can't wait to spend all they earn to show off and boost their ego in the short term.



AldousHuxley's picture

Why is Ivanka wearing Mitt Romney's Mom Jeans?

PrayingMantis's picture


... "... the youngest millennials should be graduating college this year — but that doesn’t mean they all consider themselves adults."

... Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit and a snowflake millenial as a human being; Wisdom is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad and a snowflake millenial into any society.


slwsnowman40's picture

The reason behind the war may be fake.  But I challenge you to go tell the vets missing parts that what happened to them was fake.

Justin Case's picture

They can go after the Gov't not the messenger.

AldousHuxley's picture

It is a volunteer force. Smart people don't volunteer to be on the front lines for minimum wage. You are saying that enlisted men had better career options but  patriotism was so strong they gave up thousands of dollars? Or do they just want veterans preference in government pensioned jobs as fat cops? Don't you remember bankers donated to police pension fund and that was enough to beat up "civilians"?

No different than SJW crying about worthlessness of SJW degree and college debt. YOU are responsible for your OWN life choices AND consequences. If you are too naive to belive that flying to Iraq to "defend" America is not about military industrial complex and bankers who need oil to back up the dollar, then I'm sorry friend you've been had....Don't make rest of us pay for your lack of critical thinking.


You should have AIMED it at the real power structure...and it is not some farmer on a desert. BTW, ISIS was funded by your paymasters.



logicalman's picture

Looking at my family history, in WW1 & WW2 teenagers were destroyed at 17 & 18.

The bankers got rich though, so that's OK.

The Juggernaut's picture

And the Baby boomers act like adults? 

Jim Sampson's picture

Maybe if you didn't fuck everything up and kiss gov't's ass we wouldn't be in this situation.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Don't blame me, shit for brains... I never consented to any of this mess, I've Got way more skin in this game than you. I tried, no one listened to me,now it's your turn to fix it

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Bring it you little millennial bitcez. If I want any shit from you, ill squeeze your head.... now get to work and pay your fucking taxes, and not a peep out your vacuous brain until you've worked for 20 years. Jerking off in moms basement doesn't count.

general ambivalent's picture

Wow, with role models like you it's no wonder that millennials are doing so well...

Sanity Bear's picture

Why would any sane man... ?

I hear the Boomers are now saying 80 is the new 30.

diesheepledie's picture

Yea, they should work their way through college, like you boomers did. Oh wait, college wasn't $60K a year when you were a tough self sufficient young adult, was it?

They should still be able to pay a good bit of it with good high paying hard labor jobs like you did boomer, right? Oh wait, those jobs actually existed when you were a tough self sufficient young adult, and they weren't completely taken up by illegal immigrant workers.

So who allowed the country to have such a corrupt government that a criminal student loan racket would develop and rob our young people's future? Who allowed tolerant multicultural policies that allowed our country to be over-run by illegal immigrants, robbing our young people of jobs, and eliminating the middle class completely?. Your lifetime of taxes funded this globalist ZOG run crap. Your infatuation with your own butt-hole, and ignoring the good of your people did, you selfish fuck. FUCK YOU BOOMER.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

Stfu crybaby. I paid my way and then some. I borrowed money to go to college, and worked for shit money to pay it back. I drove beat up pieces of shit for twenty five years. I bought a house I could afford, and paid it off in 15 years. I put my kids through university debt free, cause I worked and saved the money. I never consented to fund ZOG no more than I would piss on you if you were on fire. You entitled little prick, can go fuck yourself

diesheepledie's picture

Boomers need to be put in gas chambers, and their social security money needs to be used to un-fuck the mess they made of the world.

barysenter's picture

Hahahahaaa you think there's money in social security. When you know better you'll be growing up.

Crush the cube's picture

Well, who's basement will you dwell in than?

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

You are a sick little motherfucker. Someone should put you out of your misery. Go pay some taxes you shitstain. there are many innocent people that need that SS. You selfish little prick.

froze25's picture

A child thinks only of themselves because no body depends on them, an adult thinks of others because people depend on them for survival. We have created an environment that makes it too expensive for people to have children in their 20's unless you are on the Welfare dole (in that case you don't give a shit anyway about money). The environment is too expensive for people in their 20's to ever come close to buy a home so they live in their parents house and mommy still does their laundry and cooks for them. That also doesn't encourage people to become adults and arrest their development. Lets not for get about the left over wiggers from the 90's, they are still out there and dress the same yet they are in their late 30's now. Its pathetic. It funny though because the millennials I have under me 3 own their own homes and one is only 22 so he is getting their. What group does a 35-40 year old belong to? GenX or Millennial?

canisdirus's picture

35 is about the oldest millennial, 40 is solidly late Gen-X.

SilverRoofer's picture

Pay your Student Loans you fucking deadbeat

Dennisen's picture

Paying back student loans for education fees should only be done by the responsible parties who viewed 'and read' the initial loan contract and signed their names on the dotted line. A three-day cooling off period to cancel the loan is justified, but on the fourth day, you is in what's called a binding contract. That's pretty adult-making.

Manthong's picture

Hey, if you are a black lesbian, trans-gender professor at a major US university…

WTF are you, anyway?

Teaching the yutes about your dysfunction and their hopelessness.….

froze25's picture

Lesbian of color please, don't mock the group that is more advanced and intelligent than all others. /s

Justin Case's picture

Teaching the yutes about your dysfunction

It starts at Sesame Street now. If a child is put in to grow up with a baboon, it would be a baboon. Putting kids in an abnormal environment makes them oblivious to what is normal, that's why they need to start early at destroying Christianity and it's values. Christianity and morals is what Russia has strengthened. This unites society. What the western culture is having destroyed, with the help of HollyWood and all the alphabet genders.

AllTimeWhys's picture

This is why i fucking hate being a mellinial (1989). Grow the fuck up you pansy ass pussies and do something productive with your life. You are not special, you are not entitled, you don't deserve what you don't work for and if you are given something by your parents, acknowledge them but don't be a fucking parasite. Don't use your hobby to determine your career, my hobby isn't worth shit to make money and it's become a past time while i commit to the daily grind to pay my bills and take care of myself.


Sorry for the rant, but i live in Milwaukee and there's a fucking art school three blocks down the road, I'm surrounded by this crap.

Altesh's picture

Civilization is built on the thoughts of philosophers and art is considered one of the measurements of the greatness of a civilization. What a dull shit world we would have without art, poetry, philosophy, music, etc. I don't disagree with your way of thinking but I'm happy at least some people make the arts into their life goal.

slightlyskeptical's picture

We need a UBI to help the arts. We also need a UBI to allow those who work hard to get further ahead. The monetary pressure our current system creates stifles all sorts of creativity and innovation.

AllTimeWhys's picture

I am definitely not attacking the arts themselves, I'm an amatuer author by hobby, i love writing and everything that has to do with fiction, especially sci-fi and fantasy, have a few partially written novel ideas, but i know damn well thats not going to pay my bills. All it took was one part time job i had as a blog writer to drill that into my head. After getting an internship and working 3 years full time for only part time pay i landed a full time analyst job, probably taking the CFA later this year.


Arts are definitely necessary for the measure of a civilization, but lordy, i know one too many people who treat the arts as their one and only calling in life, thus they devote 100% of their time to it, annnnnnnnnnnnnd they are miserable and believe the government should pay for everything since they can't use their art to pay the bills (i have met a FEW who have found a way, but they still struggle overall)

pods's picture

My wife is the same (author). But she did it just to write for fun at first, which is how it should be. Then with encourgement she took it further and published.  It would be tough to try and live like that though.  It basically destroys creativity by trying to do something solely for $$.


Justin Case's picture

Did you read Anne Frank's fiction novel? Real tear jerker. I laughed so hard I was in tears.

IntTheLight's picture

Written in an ink that didn't exist at the time!

general ambivalent's picture

Can anyone explain to me how a dystopia is supposed to end if at the same time you are to be a willing employee of that dystopia?

And for extra points: why is it that so many are for the divide and conquer strategy when it comes to this generational bullshit? I mean, you have Trumptards who accepts anything Trump says, and yet they ignore that Bannon has a documentary explaining how Millennials were screwed over. ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!?

Farqued Up's picture

Fine, I disagree somewhat, but under no circumstances should I be forced at the point of a gun to subsidize your bad habits. Fine if you like Hollywood, Rap music, and a picture of a crucifix in a jar of piss as art, I sure don't. KILL NPR PBS VOA NEA NEH FOREIGN AID. Otherwise, you and your crowd pay for it, I promise I won't bitch or interfere.

Philosophy including religion is what has us in the deep troubles we are in. The libertarian philosophers are ignored or outright shunned/banned and the socialist fucks are taught to the kiddies in the Gov schools. Oh, and I'm FORCED to pay for it.

general ambivalent's picture

Uh, the libertarians have been in power for 400 years. They fucked up.