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New study: Millennials choosing to stay home with mom and dad

Posted June 17

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— For many young Americans, moving out and into a place of their own is not necessarily part of the plan anymore. According to the Pew Research Center, more people ages 18 to 34 are living at home with their parents rather than with a spouse or on their own.

Ian O' Gorman of Wake County is one of the many millennials who has decided to stay at home with mom and dad.

"Well, I think a lot of it has to do with the way our culture has changed," O' Gorman said.

O' Gorman, 24, works for a local engineering firm and has chosen to return home to be able to work on his passion.

"I'm currently pursuing a part-time to full-time career in dance that involves a lot of travel and extra time on the weekends, and when you have a full time job, it doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room," he said.

O' Gorman said it makes the most sense to live with his parents as long as he can. According to a new report, one-third of millennials agree.

"I believe it is a little more acceptable for those early in adolescence to later adolescence to still be living at home, and I think that the age of adolescence has extended to the mid- to late- 20s in American," he said.

Economists say the trend can place an unplanned financial burden on parents. But O' Gorman says that many of his friends chose the lifestyle because it makes the most financial sense for them.

"Maybe they made things a little easy for us, but I think they did a lot of the hard work and maybe we are reaping some of the benefits of it now," he said.

According to O' Gorman, he does intend to move out of his parent's house in the next year or two, but does not plan to move far.


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  • Paul Donovan Jun 19, 9:00 a.m.
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    Where does this say in this story anything about contributing to the household? IN most cases, your parents don't need any financial assistance from their child staying at their home. I think it is acceptable for a year or so just out of college but these kids need to get out of the house and find their lives.

  • Byrd Ferguson Jun 18, 6:34 a.m.
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    "Well, I think a lot of it has to do with the way our culture has changed," O' Gorman said.

    I would say it's Karma. Parents let their kids do whatever they want, and this is what happens when you raise kids who don't take responsibility for themselves. It's not our of "respect" for the family, as the freeloaders would like to have you believe. How about this: Go get a job and work towards your goal, rather than sponge off your parents and (continue to) do whatever you want.

  • Ronald Woodard Jun 17, 10:55 p.m.
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    It's a bad economy and President Obama has done a lot of talking about it.....his answer for most of our problems. According to the US DOL, 39% of 18-34 year olds are not even in the workforce. One of Obama's solutions is more immigration, which will make the problem worse......more people faster than jobs are created for them.

  • Joseph Shepard Jun 17, 10:47 p.m.
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    Have to wonder what ever happened to the traditional American values of personal responsibility and independence?? How can anyone with an intelligence level above that of dried tree bark justify growing up, graduating from college and still living with their parents?? Is it a matter of national economics, or a matter of individual integrity and acceptance of individual responsibility>??

  • Brian Gaertner Jun 17, 7:46 p.m.
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    Maybe this person may be perusing some passions as well on his parents' internet

  • Craig Elliott Jun 17, 7:40 p.m.
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    Oh, BTW WRAL, "peruse passions"? Pursue, maybe?

  • Craig Elliott Jun 17, 7:37 p.m.
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    Wow, just wow.

    What the heck has happened to this world?

    Living with your parents in a mutually beneficial arrangement (you pay room and board) is a world apart from mooching off them ("choosing the lifestyle") so you can follow your "dream".


  • Brian Gaertner Jun 17, 6:52 p.m.
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  • Brian Gaertner Jun 17, 6:16 p.m.
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    If I ever anybody who is in their mid to late 20's who still considers themselves to still be an adolescent.......

    God help us all