Science writer Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter, journalist Samantha Henig, offer a smart, comprehensive look at what it's really like to be twentysomething—and to what extent it’s different for Millennials than it was for their Baby Boomer parents. The Henigs combine the behavioral science literature for insights into how young people make choices about schooling, career, marriage, and childbearing; how they relate to parents, friends, and lovers; and how technology both speeds everything up and slows everything down. Packed with often-surprising discoveries, Twentysomething is a two-generation conversation that will become the definitive book on being young in our time.
"The fullest guide through this territory . . . A densely researched report on the state of middleclass young people today, drawn from several data sources and filtered through a comparative lens."
—The New Yorker
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What follows is some of the best and most relevant research available—not about the statistics of college debt or unemployment, but about the psychology of being on the verge of the rest of your life.
Table of Contents
1 The Twenties Crossroads 1
2 Schooling 29
3 Career Choices 56
4 Love and Marriage 84
5 Baby Carriage 112
6 Brain and Body 138
7 Friendship in Real Life 169
8 Parents as Co-Adults 198
9 What's Different, and Why-It Matters 221
Appendix: Our Questionnaire 229
What People are Saying About This
If you're losing sleep because you think your grown kids are behaving like the characters in the HBO series, "Girls, Twentysomething will calm your nerves. Smart, well-researched, down-to-earth and lively, this mother-daughter collaboration is chock full of important insight into the newest generation coming of age.
--Jane Isay, author of Walking on Eggshells and Mom Still Likes You Best
In this provocative, comprehensive, and often very funny examination of the phenomenon of twentysomething, Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig provide the perspective of two generations on this new stage of life. Anyone who is twentysomething, is related to a twentysomething, or works with a twentysomething, will want to read this book.
--Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
Mixing rigorous empirical evidence, testimony from twentysomethings themselves, and the astute observations of a mother and her twentysomething daughter, this insightful and engaging book shows us that sound bites and slogans are just not up to the task of capturing life as it being lived by young adults. Highly recommended!
-- Barry Schwartz, Ph.D. Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College and author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom
Must Read for November 2012
"The fullest guide through this territory...a densely researched report on the state of middle-class young people today."
–The New Yorker
“Provocative information presented compellingly”
“With humor and insight, the authors deftly volley commentary and observation across the generation gap”
“In this provocative, comprehensive, and often very funny examination of the phenomenon of 'twentysomething,' Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig provide the perspective of two generations on this new stage of life. Anyone who is twentysomething, is related to a twentysomething, or works with a twentysomething, will want to read this book."
—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Parents will love this fascinating, fact-packed mother-daughter dialogue, and so will their 'emerging adult' sons and daughters. If you think today's young people are another species entirely, you've forgotten way too much about your own early struggles and screwups.”
—Katha Pollitt, author of Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories
“Losing sleep because you think your grown kids are behaving like the characters in the HBO series, 'Girls'? Twentysomething will calm your nerves. Smart, well-researched, down-to-earth and lively, this mother-daughter collaboration is chock full of important insight into the newest generation coming of age.”
—Jane Isay, author of Walking on Eggshells and Mom Still Likes You Best
“Mixing rigorous empirical evidence, testimony from twentysomethings themselves, and the astute observations of a mother and her twentysomething daughter, this insightful and engaging book shows us that sound bites and slogans are just not up to the task of capturing life as it being lived by young adults. Highly recommended!"
—Barry Schwartz, Ph.D. author of The Paradox of Choice and Practical Wisdom
“If you want to understand young people in the decade after college graduation—their anxiety about work and relationships, intensity of friendships, and feelings of drive and dislocation—this book is the perfect guide. Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig weave the relevant research into an entertaining narrative, and their mother-daughter patter is a pure delight.”
—Emily Bazelon, author of Sticks and Stones: The New Problem of Bullying and How To Solve It
Let’s begin with an apology. Because while I, like any intelligent marketer, am intrigued by the psychology of those consumers who outnumber baby boomers, who will live decades longer than them, but who right now don’t have as much cash as them, I was daunted by some of the things that the authors laid out in the introduction to this book. Not about twentysomethings; about themselves. First, “Twentysomething” grew out of a successful piece in The New York Times Magazine that Ms. Marantz Henig wrote called “What is it about Twentysomethings”. The problem? It has been my experience that book contracts executed by publishers in desperate attempts to capitalize on a popular magazine piece, often result in heavily padded, maddeningly redundant and generally overinflated books. In other words, regurgitated magazine pieces that have been stretched out to book length. Next I was concerned because, frankly, I had not read the piece in the Times magazine, so I didn’t have the benefit of not being scared off by the title, a title that appeared to prelude a screed in which a Baby Boomer author does her best Professor Higgins impression and wonders, for two hundred and fifty some odd pages, “why can’t a millennial be more like a boomer?” But lastly, I was fairly confident that the book was going to be a disaster when the authors explained that they were, in fact, mother and daughter, one a boomer, one a millennial, both journalists, who attended the same college, and who both worked, in some form, for the same company. Oh boy, I thought, a magazine article about how stupid millennials are, padded out by the piggybacking of the author’s daughter. But “TwentySomething” is none of that. “Twentysomething” is actually quite brilliant. Consistently, surprisingly, insightfully, brilliant. So I apologize to both Ms. Henigs for my qualms, fears and concerns, and attempt to make restitution by telling you to go out and buy this book right away. “Twentysomething” isn’t simply an investigation [to read the rest of this review, please visit http://wp.me/P23AlC-vA]