In an editorial in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, writer Maria Sciullo asserts that growing up has been hard to do for Generation X men as well as their younger, Gen Y counterparts. She cites the research of Professor Gary Cross the author of Men to Boys: The Making of Modern Immaturity.
We as a nation embrace our immaturity, and no wonder. A recent Del Webb Boomer Survey of 1,000 participants ages 50 to 65 report they feel “10 to 15 years younger than their actual ages.
It’s not the age, it’s the attitude. And many 20-somethings, on the younger end of Generation X, are acting like high school kids. They have had to work less than previous generations, with fewer role models in the home or in popular culture.
Do you know any Generation X and Y males who have failed to launch? What has made launching so difficult for them? What external factors and influences have been at play? Why are so many Gen X men acting like boys?
From 1 Corinthians:
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.