Quick Reads: "Twentysomething" by Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig
What is it about today's young adults?
By Robin Marantz Henig and Samantha Henig
HUDSON STREET PRESS
In one of the New York Times Magazine's most-shared articles of 2010, science writer Robin Marantz Henig examined the research on "emerging adulthood"—the notion that young adults are taking longer and longer to grow up. In this follow-up she collaborates with her 27-year-old daughter, Samantha (the Times Mag's online editor), to explore the myriad social factors—the student-loan crisis, the social-media revolution, the mainstreaming of fertility services—that make this slow-maturation process unique to millennials. The obvious critique, which the Henigs acknowledge but can't quite dispel, is that this falls into the category of a nice problem to have. Extended adolescence, after all, tends to be limited to those who can afford it.
This review originally appeared in our November/December issue of Mother Jones.