Blue, Alexis. “Are Millennials Redefining Adulthood?” UANews, The University of Arizona, 28 July 2014, https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/are-millennials-redefining-adulthood
This article provides Millennials’ opinions on their own coming-of-age. Blue provides statistics on what the young people would define themselves as. She also divides the Millennials into different categories, ones who share their parents’ values, and ones who do not.
This source is credible because it takes statistics directly from the University of Arizona’s study on Millennials. The author also provides a counterargument that Millennials may just be developing slower, but she combats it by stating that the generation is simply wary of mistakes the former generations made. Although there are many numerical statistics, the author maintains a casual tone that is also is not informal.
This article relates to “Becoming Adult: Meanings of Markers in Adulthood” because they both discuss how economic changes have made the current young people hesitant to buy houses and have children. I will incorporate this point into my argument and use it to prove that graduating college and beginning to pay off debt are the new determinants of becoming an adult.
DeSilver, Drew. “The Politics of American Generations: How age affects attitude and voting behavior.” PewResearchCenter, Pew Research Center, 9 July 2014, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/07/09/the-politics-of-american-generations-how-age-affects-attitudes-and-voting-behavior/
This article discusses the different political typologies of different generations. It provides statistics that show that political views not only change as one ages, but they can also be steadfast between generations. It also breaks down the different typologies and how frequent they are within age groups.
This source is credible because it comes from the Pew Research Center. Also, there are many numerical statistics throughout the article. The author, DeSilver, also does a great job at ensuring that the facts remain professional yet are easy to understand for the average reader. This source’s argument is important because it shows that differences in the economy between each generation can have a large effect on how it’s people think.
I will use this source for statistics regarding the different economic status of each generation. It will support my argument that changes in the economy and societal norms can change the definition of adulthood. I’ll use this to argue that starting a family is no longer the norm, so the current definition of an adult is based on other factors like paying off such debt mentioned in the article. This article also connects with “Becoming Adult: Meanings of Markers in Adulthood” because they both discuss economic factors that affect becoming an adult.
Settersten, Richard, et al. “Becoming Adult: Meanings of Markers in Adulthood.” 2015, http://health.oregonstate.edu/sites/default/files/faculty-staff/profilepubs/settersten_et_al-becoming_adult-emerging_trends.pdf.
This essay begins with the foundational research behind the transition into adulthood. It lists the social, biological, and psychological markers of adulthood. There is also a discussion on the discrepancy between legal definitions of adulthood and developmental milestones within the brain. There are also several statistics that compare rates of higher education between generations.
This source is reputable because it was written by two professors and a doctoral student at Oregon State. There are also brief descriptions of the academic backgrounds of the writers at the end of the essay. The authors further enforce their credibility by providing economic statistics regarding income levels, but they also establish a personal connection with the reader with their casual syntax.
My argument is benefitted by this source because it argues that socioeconomic differences have changed markers of adulthood, and therefore each generation’s definition of adulthood is not concrete. This source also builds on “The Politics of American Generations: How age affects attitude and voting behavior” because it compares the economy of former generations as opposed to now. This is important to my argument, because it states that a poor economy has caused markers of adulthood to change from familial roles to combatting loans and debt.