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July 7, 2013 |
Troubling unemployment. Soaring debt. Global turmoil. To many, it looks like a grim future. But the dour economy didn't faze Kim Davis, 22, who graduated from UCLA in June and confidently predicted a "really bright future" for herself and her classmates. Davis was glowing on graduation day, like so many young adults around her. Researchers say such optimism is especially striking among young adults of her generation, often dubbed millennials, as they weather some of the worst financial conditions in decades.
June 21, 2013 |
The so-called millennial generation (a category that, in full disclosure, includes me) is often criticized for redefining the acceptable boundaries dividing information that should be made public and kept private. Some say, therefore, that young adults are simply more comfortable with the idea of sharing personal information. But new polling from the Pew Research Center tells a different story. Millennials may be increasingly willing to share information, but they still value controlling it. The poll found that when it comes to the government collecting phone and Internet records, younger Americans (18 to 29 years old)
June 7, 2013 |
Builders are eyeing the next wave of potential home buyers - the so-called millennials - but whether this rising generation will embrace big mortgage debt remains an open question. These 95 million people ages 10 to 32 outnumber their baby-boomer parents by 10 million. The young adults among them, sobered by the recession, have relatively modest material expectations; many say they'd be happy with smaller living spaces. The housing industry will have to convince the next generation that home loans are as necessary and prudent as the student debt so many of them already carry.
June 5, 2013 |
A report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center says 56% of all American adults now own a smartphone while more than a third still use conventional cellphones. It also found nearly 10% of U.S. adults don't own a mobile phone at all. The adoption of smartphones by U.S. adults is up 10 percentage points from February 2012 and up more than 20 percentage points compared to two years ago. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Smartphones are particularly prevalent among young adults.
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June 2, 2013 |
Arsine Sargsyan is 23 years old, healthy and uninsured. She chooses to forgo coverage for one simple reason: "I never get sick. " Despite her reluctance, Sargsyan is exactly the type of person insurance plans, states and the federal government are counting on to make health reform work. As the clock ticks toward the 2014 launch of the Affordable Care Act, health leaders across the nation are embarking on a tough task: persuading young adults like Sargsyan to enroll.
May 31, 2013 |
After leaving college at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh last year to move to Los Angeles, 23-year-old Odin Gray debated for several months whether to buy a health insurance policy. An avid bicyclist, he finally decided in December that it was time to buy coverage. "I knew that if anything happened," Gray recalled, "I was going to be in serious trouble and that it could bankrupt me financially. " His decision, it turns out, was a smart one. In January - just one month after buying a policy - he took a spill on his bike while heading to work, he said.
May 30, 2013
The Testing Joelle Charbonneau Houghton Mifflin, $17.99, ages 12+ In this "Hunger Games"-esque tale, the first in a planned trilogy, teens fight for survival in an annual Testing with the best and brightest continuing on to help rebuild their world. (June) If You Could be Mine Sara Farizan Algonquin, $16.95, ages 12-18 A lesbian teen in Iran contemplates a sex change when the girl she loves gives in to family pressures and becomes engaged to a man. (August)
May 22, 2013 |
More than half of millennials -- 54% -- surveyed by a Wells Fargo & Co. retirement unit said their "biggest financial concern currently" was longer-term debt, mainly student and credit card debt. With the cost of college continuing to rise , about 64% of the 22- to 32-year-olds surveyed said they paid for school with loans. And 42% of the millennials said their debt was "overwhelming," twice the rate of baby boomers who were surveyed for comparison. The $1 trillion in outstanding student debt and low wages in the weak economy are causing the latest rounds of college graduates to put away less money for retirement.
May 22, 2013 |
A delightful summer quirk can be found in the new comic drama "Frances Ha. " Shot in black and white and filled with nuance, the film is directed with great affection by Noah Baumbach, who wrote it with his star - actress Greta Gerwig. Frances is a few years past college and still trying to make her way in New York. She's already struggling to afford the apartment in trendy Brooklyn when her best friend and roommate Sophie (Mickey Sumner) announces she's moving out. While Frances' fortunes take a nose-dive, Gerwig makes it all rather charming.
May 18, 2013 |
Beneath the massive trees of the Malibu mountains, four small groups of people clad head-to-toe in red, green, yellow or blue stand around several long tables playing a heated game of flip cup. "Get it, blue!" a young woman shouts into a bullhorn. "You got this, green!" hollers another. It looks a little like a frat house basement dragged into the light of day, but this competition is much more innocent. It's part of Adult Color Wars, a weekend designed to give adults a chance to relive their days at camp.