Living at Home: Being Part of the Statistics

Today, it was revealed that 3 million young adults between 20 and 34 still live at home.
In 2011, 64% of men and 46% of women aged 20 were living with their parents, while only 7% of 34-year-old males and 2% of 34-year-old females remained in the family home.
And I am one of those statistics. Sigh.

I am even one of the clichés. I spent 4 years at university, racked up thousands of pounds of debt, graduated, returned home, and couldn't find a graduate job (though I didn't exactly try very hard).

So now I live at home, work as a waitress and in a sweet shop and have no solid plans to get out.

But at least I'm not part of the unemployed young people statistics anymore... swings and roundabouts.

There is also a comments page to go with the above article, where 4 'young people' have described their experiences of living at home. A few of their comments stood out:
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Don't be embarrassed to read Harry Potter

Through the Tumblr grapevine, I came across this article in the New York Times: Adults Should Read Adult Fiction.

Well, excuse you, Joel Stein.

I'm just going to pick apart this article in defense of reading what the hell you like.

The tl;dr version is:

Just because a book is classed as Young Adult (YA) or children's literature does not mean that it is unworthy of the attention of 'adult'* readers. Not everything we read needs to be dissected and analysed. Even so, YA and children's literature stands up to analysis just as well as adult literature, sometimes even better.

Also, what she said.

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A New Project

I pledge forthwith to blog at least once a week about anything and everything.

Let me tell you a bit about myself.

My name is Hannah.

I'm 23 years old.

I'm British.

I still live at home.

I graduated from the University of Bath in Pharmacology last year (2011).

I work in a hotel as a waitress, and in a sweet shop.

I have a dog called Dobby.

Well, that's the basics covered. Let's do this!