Why are we all worried about “Adulting”?
New words are created and die on social media daily. One of the trends that caught on in the last couple of years is the one referred to as “adulting”. This term started online in the late 00s, and managed to stay relevant trough the last decade, not only online, but also as a regular verb, even working its way on Merriam-Webster’s watch list.
There is still no official definition of the word, but according to the Urban Dictionary, “adulting” is to carry out one or more of the duties and responsibilities expected of fully developed individuals (paying off that credit card debt, settling beef without blasting social media, etc). Exclusively used by those who adult less than 50% of the time.
In daily life, the term is often used to talk about obligations or struggles that come with the transition the young adulthood. Some examples of those obligations can be paying bills, mortgage or rent and having a 9-to-5 job.
Creating a term such as “adulting” implies that its user isn’t a full adult. Many studies have shown that millennials are hitting “adult milestones” later than previous generations. For example, a 2016 survey found that a majority of 18-to-34 years old American still live with their parents. Not only is it the first time this is the case, it also showcases a generational difference with older age groups. Therefore , for a young adult still living at home, “adulting” could be used about someone living on their own or a goal to move out.
The omnipresence of this term in our online and IRL vocabulary showcases both our generation’s perception of our reality and the concept of responsibility.