Skip to comments.The Go-Nowhere Generation Speaks: 'I'd Love to Move, but I Can't' (More "sob stories" from Gen Y)
Posted on 03/16/2012 7:48:14 AM PDT by C19fan
Here's what we know about moving in America: We're not doing it like we used to. The share of single people and families moving between states is the lowest in half a century.
But why? We cannot hope to know why 150 million households -- or 300 million Americans -- choose to move or not move across the country to find a new job or to make a new start. There are too many variables to name. But we can start to count them: Jobs play a role. Income plays a role. Affordable housing, and good schools, and cost-of-living, and urban culture, and space -- all these play a role.
When we wrote about this "go-nowhere" trend in our article Generation Stuck, we received hundreds of responses from movers and non-movers across the country. Our first batch focused on the the movers. This collection of reader testimonials focuses on the non-movers, but listens to the movers, too. Keep writing.
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They can’t move because Mommy’s basement is comfy.
SOmetimes in order to move one has to down size. Over the years with the various moves I have made, I can carry most everything in my car. I do have books that I pack and drop ship to my new location but it does not cost all that much. I learned to do this while in my twenties. As I get ready to retire and move to be closer to my daughter, I am glad I have little to hold me here.
I'm glad the pilgrims, pioneers and 19th and early 20th century immigrants didn't have that attitude.............
Sitting back scorning the people you bore. What the f? are you?
I have noticed the same thing. I think a lot of people are afraid to be stuck even further away from family and support networks when this faux-recovery falls apart.
Here’s the problem.
A relative of mine was telling me of her job search back when she graduated high school (1950).
She got two good job offers. One from a railroad company, one from a steel company. Both paid good money and offered chances for advancement.
Where are those jobs now? The railroad is but a shadow of what it once was. The manufacturing jobs are mostly gone, gone to China.
The opportunities that my relative had simply do not exist today.
Generation Y was betrayed. Betrayed by stupid politicians and greedy unions.
Chicks dig guys still living in mommy’s basement, right??
THERE AREN'T ANY JOBS TO MOVE FOR!
WHERE THERE ARE JOBS (NORTH DAKOTA) PEOPLE ARE FLOCKING TO THEM!
They are not moving to North Dakota for the weather!
And, the price is right.
When I first moved out of my parents home, I didn’t live in the lap of luxury (I still don’t) but I accepted responsibility for myself and I had my privacy.
I did without a lot of things and conveniences, but I made my OWN way... like you’re supposed to do if you are a mature individual!!
I suspect a lot of these immature and spoiled idiots wouldn’t know how to set themselves up on their own... maybe they wouldn’t even know how to read a rental lease, pay for insurance, have utilities laid on....etc.
ALSO, and I think this is the real key, they are way TOOOO attached to their BS luxuries... like, cell phones, 500 chanels on the TV, mom’s and dad’s insurance, spending all their disposable income on beer, movies, cool clothes, a ‘night out’... EVERY night...etc.
You have to cut corners somewhere if you want to be independent. They don’t want to prioritize and save for what is important. They cant learn how to do without their ‘toys’ and silly fun until they can afford it!
I heard on the radio just this morning, that 30 percent, yes; 3 out of 10, of people 24-35 years of age, live at home with parents. Unbelievable.
If any of these kids are willing to weld, learn to be a CNC operator, or become a machinist there are large numbers of companies here in WI that would hire them in a hear beat if they were willing to do the work. We don’t have a shortage of jobs, we have a shortage of willing workers.
Not only be hired, but often starting wages above 50,000/year. Cost of living in many of these small towns is miniscule and their loans could be paid off a hell of a lot quicker than sitting in Mom’s basement decrying not finding something in their field of work.
People are leaving every day for the greener pastures and tough work of oil patch jobs in North Dakota and these kids are complaining about social scenes and having to start over.
Some, not all. My 19 year old works full time, is being groomed for management, rents a room in a friends house, is trying to save and replace her bomb-car, pays for her own health insurance, is paying off her one year of college loan, and has been able to save for a mission trip to Nicuragua. She is trying to figure out how to rent an apt or efficiency on her own, but prices are high here and I expect she will need to go into a roommate situation.
I dont suppose that anyone remembers when roomates shared the same bedroom (usually three to a room!) back in the old days.
Not to mention the free Internet access they get courtesy of Mommy & Daddy. How else would they be able to spend countless hours "friending" and "liking" everything and everyone of Face-crook???
Property taxes have driven rental prices thru the damn roof in areas like New England...add in the costs of heating oil, and it is tough when trying to get started...
Exactly! Those folks who look down at the unemployed/underemployed really amaze me.
So there's no work in your city? Well, you should move to another city, where there is no work also.
It reminds me of the saying attributed to Marie Antoinette. When told that the peasants had no bread, she sniffed and replied "let them eat cake."
I don’t mind generations living together. In fact, it makes sense. Built-in babysitters. Companionship. Saving money. It also teaches humility and sacrifice. There’s a reason why Catholic religious live in community.
If that doesn’t interest anyone, then remember that socialists hate this kind of living arrangement. Strong families are the best bulwark against the omnipotent state.
The only negative regards lazy young men.”Those who won’t work, shouldn’t eat.” Sometimes they have to be kicked out, as a last resort.