Is it really so bad?

Is it really so bad for someone in their twenties to live at home?  The current job market is fiercely competitive and generally underpaid, and if you work in a full-time position, you still may not be able to afford a room of your own.  However, according to popular American television–one example springing to mind is The Big Bang Theory and Howard’s situation–if you’re over the age of twenty-one and still living at home, there is something wrong with you.  Apparently, you should go into debt renting or purchasing property, possibly with roommates you may end up hating by the time your lease is finished, in order to achieve “independence,” where your parents will probably still pay most of your bills or you’ll be in debt for life or working three jobs to barely make ends meet.  Living at home can be a viable alternative to going into debt, especially if you’re paying for school in addition to living expenses.  Granted, it isn’t for everyone, but I think looking down on people who live at home longer than others–especially someone working part-time and still finishing school–isn’t fair.  It doesn’t make someone a mama’s boy or mentally underdeveloped person; it means their current situation doesn’t allow them to pursue what others may have achieved.

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