Five big reasons why you need to move outta your parents' house

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Asses and elbows.
Millennials aren't getting the memo that living on their own is good for them -- and their put-upon parents. According to a Pew Research Center analysis, the number of adults aged 18 to 31 living at home rose to 36 percent last year -- the highest percentage in forty years, and up from 32 percent just five years ago. Of course, there are some valid and understandable reasons why living with the parentals is cool -- like divorce, losing a house, illness, still in college and all that -- but just being a directionless mooch "working on your music" means you need to get a clue...and an apartment.

Here's a list of five big reasons why you need to move outta your parents' house. Goodbye, free ride; hello, character-building utility bills.

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Move out -- buy your very own couch!
5. Your parents did their jobs, now go do yours

After a certain point, living with your parents turns you into a perma-child who behaves more like a flighty, carefree high school student than an independent adult with plans and goals. Your parents cook your meals and do your laundry, while you spend your money on dining out, cars and endless spring breaks. While this may sound good, you need an exit strategy to relieve parents of the burden of caring and paying for adults who can and should move out -- and move on to become productive members of society instead of letting college degrees gather dust.

There could be future brain surgeons lazing on couches, playing Minecraft and eating Pringles right now.

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Sexy!
4. Arrested development is the opposite of sexy

Living with your parents can be a major deterrent to dating, or at least dating people who have standards. Someone who has no good reason for residing in the parental home is a giant, screaming red flag, and scares off potential dates who favor partners who have their own shit together and something to offer a relationship other than mooching the parents' water bed and wet bar when the folks are out of town. This setup is awesome for high school, iffy for college, and pretty sad past that point.

It's sexy -- and responsible -- to have your own place.

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3. Parents need freedom, too

Having grown children living at home can also be frustrating for parents who need and want their own spaces, and are eager to spend their time doing cool parent things like bridge club, gardening and holding freaky swinger's parties on the weekends. Parents are people, too -- something that's easy to forget when they are your unpaid servants -- and they are not 100 percent fulfilled making you meatloaf and reminding you every single day to keep the thermostat at 65 degrees.

Moving out of your parents' house means you never have to come home early on a weekend and find out your mommy and daddy may have other uses for the hot tub out back.

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19 comments
ngreeley
ngreeley

Wow the sense of entitlement that some of these comments are implying cracks me up.  Since when did Netflix, DVRs, Online Subscriptions and even Cable TV become necessities to live?

Marcus Netters
Marcus Netters

More jobs should pay at least 12 and have 40 he's which is

Justin Vonesh
Justin Vonesh

I think I may know some people are responsible and are working, but guess what? the job doesn't pay enough for a person to be able to pay a $500 to $600 dollar rent along with maybe $100 or less for groceries ( depending on how much food one goes through each month ) oh, and not to mention, a $200 to $300 dollar bills for cable TV and internet alone. and ummm, maybe at least another $50 to $75 dollar bill for a cell phone ( again, depending on how many phones, and how many people on one plan ) and just goes on and on. so yeah, I think its very very very hard to just live on your own when you don't have a good paying job to support everything. these were just guesses on to what everything could cost. but yup, also, there are people who may be disabled and cant quite fully support themselves because of certain disabilities. so please don't make it seem like its the worst thing ever to still be living with parents at an older age. doesn't mean they are bad people.

Vincent Lee Gagliardi
Vincent Lee Gagliardi

Really I lived in Denver over a year. The average pay is $10 an hour with 30 minute commute everywhere. With gas at over $3 a gallon.

Andrea Mérida
Andrea Mérida

I really don't like the tone set in this article. Mooch? Working on your music? Are you guys aware of the job market?

Andrea Mérida
Andrea Mérida

What if your minimum-wage job doesn't allow for it? How many millenials with advanced degrees work at coffee shops in Denver? Come on, Westword.

GFTW
GFTW

Notice that one of Jenn's recent articles was about apartment hunting. Congratz on moving out of your parents' basement, Jenn!! Jenn writes about her real-life experiences.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Welcome to ObamaWorld. I wonder, if Hell freezes over and somehow you idiots manage to let the idiot Clinton get a term next - Does she still get to place the blame with Bush? Enjoy the foodstamps...

bruce-at-AVS
bruce-at-AVS

Not to let anyone off the hook -- and not ignoring the economic pressures involved -- but I believe conventional schooling has something to do with this phenomenon. Most schools foster passivity in students, getting them hooked on external direction and thus delaying -- rather than developing -- their growth into independent adults. I say this from experience, having taught both in the system and at a local private school (http://alpinevalleyschool.com) that proves that giving even young children real responsibility results in their becoming remarkably mature, self-directed individuals. 

In sum, the situation covered in this post is exacerbated by the fact that we don't allow, much less encourage, children to start developing the skills and the mindset of responsible adulthood while they're still children, before heading off to college and/or their parents' basements. These things take practice, not sitting in rows, doing homework, and taking standardized tests.

Bradley Langston
Bradley Langston

Two brothers. In their 50's. Still in their parents basement.

Dzsesszika Flowers
Dzsesszika Flowers

Yo Michael Greenberg, it's in quotes because it's a quote. You'll have to talk to the OP about that.

Michael Keyes
Michael Keyes

Oh geez grow up and move the eff out already

Marti Babb
Marti Babb

well some take care of their parents because it's the right thing to do. American lifestyle is ridiculously TWISTED! So consumed with consuming. Many do not realize in other countries, say, India generations of people live together in a 1 room space pretty much the size of the "average" American bathrooms? Yet, we consume & waste. Many cultures actually enjoy each others company. They see it as a familial duty to care for one another.

Michael Greenberg
Michael Greenberg

Yes...You make a lot of sense Dzsesszika, until you bring up race. So you're saying because they had a picture of "white people" in the article, that's the reason they wrote this? Look at the fact, it's a trend with the current generation. It's not a race issue. Also, a lot of those extra bills you talk about are luxuries, not necessities. I don't think you "have to have" a Netflix account. There are also expenses that we don't have anymore because of the technology that we have now of days.

Denver Critic
Denver Critic

In many cultures, it's perfectly acceptable for children to live in their parents house well into adulthood. Besides, a lot of people can't afford their own apartment. Why should those people be shamed by dumbass articles like this one into looking for their own apartment?

Dzsesszika Flowers
Dzsesszika Flowers

"So, home prices went up. Food prices went up. Health care prices went WAY UP. Rent prices went up. Higher education went up so damn high that some of us forgo that all together. Energy prices went up. Car prices went up. Prices of prices went up. We also pay cell phone bills, internet bills, data plans, text plans, online subscriptions, cable/satellite tv, netflix, DVR subscriptions — bills that didn’t even exist 30-40 years ago. We also use computers and smartphones and microwaves and other consumer electronics that didn’t exist 20-50 years ago. We need medications and doctors and contact lenses and tampons and maxi pads and other things that cost money just to be alive and keep us healthy. Most of us can’t afford to: Get married and have a “Traditional” big wedding Buy a house Buy a new car PLAN to have children Take two, consecutive weeks of vacation. Jobs that paid 50k in the late 1990s now pay between 30-35. Interest rates that favor consumers have gone down. So I say, no. We are not choosing not to buy homes. We’re not choosing to take the bus in cities where there’s no good public transit. WE ARE NOT CHOOSING TO LIVE WHAT SOCIETY DEEMS AS AN UNDESIRABLE LIFESTYLE. Don’t even get me started on the fact that these two people in the picture are young white hipsters. Young lack and brown folks have been forgoing homeownership and buying new cars for decades, this shit isn’t new, pal. You’re just acting like this shit is new because it’s hitting white folks. anyway, my point is: We are fucking broke."

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