What It Means To Be An Adult: Annotated Bibliography

“Millennials In Adulthood.” Pew Social Trends, pewsocialtrends.org, Pew Research Center, pewsearch.org, Pew Research, March 7, 2014. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/03/07/millennials-in-adulthood/

Pew Research offers statistics to why millennials may be becoming adults later in life. They mention the age at which we are starting our families, finishing our education, and how we are detached from institutions such as religion and politics which offer us a more liberal view on the world.  It also shows the financial hole we get into after completing our education which is provides evidence to why we have a more liberal view on the world.

The statistics were gathered by Pew Research where they polled extensively in both the millennial generation and younger generations and compared the differences. There is no evidence of survey bias and the size of their survey is large enough so the data is not skewed.

These statistic could easily be used to support claims that we are not becoming adults at the age of 18, and provide reasoning for why, by showing that we are staying in school longer, and not starting our families till after we complete our education and are financially secure.


Beck, Julie. “ When Do You Become An Adult? ” The Atlantic, January 5, 2016. The Atlantic, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/01/when-are-you-really-an-adult/422487/

Julia Beck uses real life examples of Henry David Thoreau and other authors ideas to reinforce that the idea of becoming an adult is not black and white and is in the grey area instead. She claims that adulthood is marked by events that every person goes through at some point in their life, such as getting a job, moving out of their parents’ house and starting a family. Beck also brings up the truth that it is not just the millennials that had this problem but the generations before the as well.

The Atlantic is a well written journal and in Beck’s journal she uses quotes from professors Steven Mintz to give her article and opinion a stronger backbone.

This article can be used to support the ideas that adulthood isn’t a simple transition or age but is instead a complex series of events that one most go through in order to become an “adult”.

Wyn, Johanna. New Direction For Adult & Continuing Education. Vol. 2014, Issue 143, p5-16. Wiley, Fall 2014. http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=af010d83-e885-4b61-87ff-2cf3367c2ad6%40sessionmgr4008&vid=10&hid=4114

This chapter by Joahna Wyn provides an overview of the transition from childhood to young adulthood. It Discusses some of the new patterns that young adults and millennials are faced with during this transition period and how it effects when they become adults.

This is a chapter from a published book found through the Georgia Tech research filter. The author also has completed graduate school in education from the University of Melbourne.

The chapter from this book will be easily incorporated into the definition paper  to defend the argument that there are new patterns to why millennials are becoming adults at 18 and give light to what some of those patterns that are effecting this are.

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