- Life is very different for a 20 year old today than it was when I was in my 20s, in the 1980s and 90s. Much of life is lived and viewed online/on-phone. But you knew that.
- 20-something women are a tough breed when it comes to sex. This is the hook-up generation, after all, and it's not cool to admit to something old fashioned like wanting a committed boyfriend, or wanting someone to be monogamous.
- Yet, underneath that "I'm cool with the friends-with-benefits thing veneer" I think many of these women feel a little lost. They talk about sex like the guys do, they have sex like guys do--easily, casually, with no strings. But it seems to me that they are often left feeling surprised by the loneliness and disappointment afterward. They seem to want more, but be surprised at themselves for wanting more.
- A friend of mine compared the hook-up mentality to the "free love generation" of the 1960s--all for one and one for all in the bedroom. That credo kind of ended up better for men, too. Who knew that there was a sexual similarity between millennials and boomers?
- These women are having a hard time launching. Many are living with parents, or being supported by parents in one way or another. We knew that, but it's interesting to see how common it is. And they don't seem to mind that much.
- Perhaps this is related to #5, but I'm finding that many 20 something women are extremely tight with their parents--something I attribute to their being the cell phone generation. Many of my young colleagues, as I've mentioned here earlier, talk to their parents daily, to discuss dinner choices or boyfriends or major life decisions. When I was 23, all I wanted was to escape the feeling of being someone's daughter. I wanted to live my own life. I desperately wanted my parents' approval, true, but I didn't want them weighing in on the day-to-day minutiae of my doings. Last week, one young woman confided that her mother took her vibrator shopping when she was 16. Now, my mother was very open in terms of telling me the details of the birds and bees (about which I was extremely curious from an early age) but vibrators? Didn't happen.
- All in all, I sense an interesting combination of innocence and a complete lack of innocence. Then again, maybe that's not so different from how I was at 24 after all.
|The cast of HBOs Girls. (I need to see it but don't want to pay for HBO!)|