The Independent reported today that the number of young adults in Britain aged 20 to 34 living with their parents is now 38%.  Young people on the continent are fairing even worse. In Spain, 55% of those aged 25 to 29 live with their parents. In Italy, 60% of 18 to 34 year olds are doing the same. In America, the rates are only slightly better. 36% of 18 to 31 year olds live at home. Of that group, 50% are not in the labor force. 
36% is the highest rate in at
least 40 years, and represents a growth on the 34% that were living at
home after the supposed end of the recession in 2009.
could this be a positive shift? For most of human history families have
lived in multi-generational households. Age segregation is a very
recent phenomenon, perhaps a return to more customary family
arrangements could lead to a strengthening of the traditional values
that have been so rapidly discarded in recent decades.
the well publicized collapse of the family unit will be stalled by the
economic necessity of families having to work together to financially survive.
the book of Genesis, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the 12 sons all live at
various times together in one household. Only at the age of 40 did
Abraham tell his servant to find Isaac a wife, implying that even as
a grown man Isaac was still very much Abraham's son.
the economic decline of America is unfortunate in many ways, perhaps it
signals a return to organic and realistic living. Young adults could
benefit from the value systems of older generations, and older folks
might benefit from the company and social interactions that young people
could bring to their lives.
Dugan, Emily. 'The Boomerang Generation: forced back to the nest by
lack of jobs and high cost of living.' The Independent. January, 2014.
Fry, Richard. A Rising Share of Young Adults Live in Their Parent's
Home.' Pew Research: Social & Demographic Trends. August 2013.