Perhaps I am dating myself a bit here with this post, but here goes. It isn’t news that the age of official adulthood has been going up. Turning eighteen used to mean you were an adult, but now with college grads moving back in with their parents and people in their 30’s still trying to find themselves, it’s safe to say that things are a bit tetchy. As someone who did both those things, I obviously cannot and will not judge, because what’s in a number anyway?
I feel somewhat validated that I am not alone in this struggle, as I only need to look at how some of my friends are faring. Things are rough all over. What I find interesting is that there are some definite reflections in pop culture. Let’s take the show New Girl with Zooey Deschanel. She, a single thirty-something, moves in with three male thirty-somethings who are also single. These characters are dealing with the same relationship/work/life issues that a similar show dealt with when it came out in the mid-90’s. (Hint: Chandler Bing.) In fact, on that show, the characters did not turn 30 until their seventh season on the air. On New Girl, everyone is in their 30’s from the get-go.
Also look at the movie Bridesmaids. Annie and Lillian mention their 30th birthday as an event a looooong time ago. They don’t have it together yet. But then again, who does? Nobody ever had their shiz together, ever. Not trying to be a pessimist here, just saying that life doesn’t necessarily become clearer as we get older, in any decade. But it does get better.
What does this all mean? Well, I’m no psychologist, but there are plenty of other sources out there for theories on what is happening and what the consequences are. All I know is that we are living longer and wouldn’t that stretch all the other phases of our lives out as well? Anyway, I am only broaching the tippy-top of this topic; there is way more complexity to this issue. I’ll close with this funny quote:
“…when people over 30 share an apartment or spend all of their time hanging out together, it’s usually called a group home or a shelter.”
– Libby Gelman-Waxner, Entertainment Weekly
 Girls Trying Out For Earl Carroll Show by Peter Stackpole, 1938.