The extent to which the region now stands on the precipice was brought into stark relief by a study noted in the Times today stating that a full 80 percent of area 20′somethings live without parental supervision.
The Times reported:
Nearly 1 in 3 25- to 29-year-olds in Southern California lived at home at some point between 2007 and 2009, according to the report released Wednesday by Ohio State sociologist Zhenchao Qian. That compares to 19% for that age group nationwide.
Young people across the country, especially those just entering the workforce, were hit hard by the recession, which ended officially in 2009 but whose painful effects still linger.
Qian’s research, based on an analysis of census data, shows that the trend of young adults staying with their parents occurred across the U.S. but was strongest in large metropolitan where high living costs and high unemployment came as a double whammy. The top 10 metropolitan areas on his ranking included New York, Miami, Honolulu and El Paso.
We can only presume that Health Department officials are springing into action to deal with the potential for a toxic meltdown from the critical mass of millions of unwashed dishes in such a concentrated area.
Not addressed in the article, but in need of follow-up, the questions of, without parental supervision for these at risk millennials:
- How are they notified at regular intervals of the need to change their socks and/or underwear – averting another public health nightmare?
- Who is on hand to remind them that they are special and that the rest of the world needs to treat them much better or they are going to be hearing from us? Does the area have even a fraction of the counselors available to deal with a self-esteem crisis of epic proportions of these young people are cut off from their reassurance mechanisms?
- Living away from their ancestral residences, the 20′something if not properly supplied are cut off from their caches of now-ironic t-shirts, sweatshirts and sneakers from their 5th to 8th grade years. Deprived of these resources, many millennials might be forced to don grown-up clothes, thereby setting off a region-wide mass identity crisis the consequence of which we can only begin to forsee.
The study however, does provide some reassurance in the news that 1 out of 5 20′somethings are indeed accounted for under their parents roof, providing the basis to repopulate the species should a mass die-off occur among the underparented.