Boomerang Kids on the Rise

analytical Essay
1556 words
1556 words

A boomerang is an Aboriginal Australian weapon, shaped like a wide and rounded 'V', that was originally used for hunting. Over the years it has shifted from being a sharp tool to a plastic toy. It is similar to a single player version of Frisbee, except that when you throw a boomerang it hovers around and then returns to the place where it was thrown from. Aptly named, the 'boomerang kids' are young adults that, after leaving home for a few years, return home to live with their parents, just like a boomerang. The boomerangers include people from twenty-four to thirty-five years old, and most are fresh out of college with their newly earned degrees.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there were about 4.6 million of these boomerang kids. This is about 40% of all people aged 24 to 35 who are living with their parents in the U.S. (Lank). The biggest increase in boomerangers, is among college students. A study done by shows that in 2006 about 67% of all college graduates returned home. This is a huge portion of the college graduate population, but in 2009, that percentage rose to about 80% of all graduates (Zappe). This number has not only increased, but is expected to continue to increase at a significant rate. But why are so many young adults flocking back to their parents home not long after they have finally gotten their freedom?

Many do not have much of a choice. With the nation pulling itself out of a recession, prices are soaring, debt is piling up and jobs are harder to come by. In an interview done by the National Public Radio, they discuss college tuition with College Board's senior policy analyst Sandy Baum, who is the co-author of the 2008 report "Trends in College Pricing”. Baum, says that college t...

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This source is a chart with statistics directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics regarding unemployment rates in the U.S. in 2010 and 2011 It separates the population by age, sex, race and ethnicity. This information is geared towards people looking for precise numbers and statistics because it give the data but does not explain the numbers to the readers.

Zappe, John. "Facing Tough Job Market, New Grads Accepting More Offers, Lower Salaries." The Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, 02 June 2010. Web. 06 Apr. 2011.

This article tells the readers about some of the challenges of getting a job that college students and graduates face due to the economy. It gives detailed statistics and ties them into the topic. It mentions a survey that gives the percentage of students that moved back home after graduating.

In this essay, the author

  • Describes the boomerang as an aboriginal australian weapon, shaped like a wide and rounded 'v', that was originally used for hunting.
  • Explains that 4.6 million boomerang kids are living with their parents in the u.s. the biggest increase is among college students. in 2006, 67% of college graduates returned home, but in 2009, that percentage rose to about 80%.
  • Explains that college tuition has increased about 7.6% in 2010, especially in the four-year schools. this has brought about an increase in college loans.
  • Explains that the cost of living is high, and students who can't support themselves are taking advantage of what their parents are willing to give them.
  • Explains why so many kids return to live with their parents because they cannot make it on their own. not all students graduate from college with massive amounts of debt and financial problems.
  • Argues that an increase in laziness among students would be hard to measure due to inflation and changes in people standards and values.
  • Explains that it would be difficult to explain why students who are well off return home just by saying they are lazy. the baby boomers were adolescents at a time of social change.
  • Explains that the generation gap is less obvious today than it was before. parents are more permissive and kids are comfortable living at home. they save money by living off of their parents income and don't have to fully financially support themselves.
  • Explains that the head of sociology at the university of illinois, barbara risman, calls this view of adults "delayed adulthood."
  • Explains that college students continue to return to their parents home after they graduate from college. the economy is a big reason why they are going back home.
  • Cites a radio interview with sandy baum, the co-author of the report "trends in college pricing," and the mother and daughter who are going through the college process and considering their financial options.
  • Explains that hinze-pifer, rebecca, and richard fry, "the rise of college student borrowing," pew social & demographic trends.
  • Analyzes the data from the bureau of labor statistics regarding employment and unemployment rates in the u.s in 2007.
  • Analyzes how the milwaukee journal sentinel provides an example of a boomerang kids to help readers connect the idea to how it would effect people in real life.
  • Analyzes the basic definition and information about the boomerang kids and provides hints for both parents and students.
  • Analyzes how stafford's article gives statistics on college students' debt and borrowing habits. it compares different schools and different degrees.
  • Analyzes taylor, paul, and rich morin's "forty years after woodstock, a gentler generation gap."
  • Describes the challenges parents and their kids face when an adult child returns home. it provides an example from the council on contemporary families and a professor of family science.
  • Explains that unemployment rates by age, sex, race, and hispanic or latino ethnicity are from the bureau of labor statistics.
  • Analyzes how zappe's article tells readers about some of the challenges of getting a job that college students and graduates face due to the economy.
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