If you’ve moved back in with mom and/or dad, you’re the very height of recession chic, according to today’s gut-roiling employment news from the Census Bureau. (If you haven’t read the rest… oy… don’t.) According to the LA Times:
In the spring of 2011, 5.9 million young adults ages 25 to 34 (14.2% ) resided in their parents’ household, compared with 4.7 million (11.8 %) before the recession
….Young adults ages 25 to 34 and living with their parents had an official poverty rate of 8.4%, but if their poverty status was determined using their own income, 45.3% had an income below the poverty threshold ($11,344 a year) for a single person under age 65.
This isn’t great news, but we like to keep things on the bright side around here, so we are duty bound to posit that maybe, possibly, this isn’t all bad. More people in a single house is sorta greenish, isn’t it? And aside from free utilities, other perks of shacking up with the ‘rents may include furniture, heat and possibly superior cooking to your own. Disadvantages are obvious, starting with your sex life and the hampering effect of your childhood boy band posters and your father snoring in the next room. What else? Are you, or were you ever living with your parents long after you thought you would be? How bad was it?