Perhaps the most boastful hashtag the common Millennial "tweeter" uses is #Adulting. Millennials use this enduring social media staple as either a proclamation of their own self-reliance, or as an ironic cry for help in the struggle to achieve that status.
For many in the 18-34-year-old demographic, the struggle is still real, with 34% of that group in the United States having still lived under their parents' household in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Ten years earlier, that rate was 10% lower. Young adults are not giving themselves the chance to flee the nest because they do not know how to maintain the nest themselves.
Fortunately, hope is not all lost for Millennials who still have yet to achieve "adulting" with a new trend offering some helpful tips.
Adulting classes have risen steadily in popularity, offering tips and tricks of survival to those of the Millennial age who still struggle with basic household responsibilities.
"I was so used to, when living at home, my mom always cooking," 29-year-old Elena Toumaras, who recently took an adult cooking class in Queens, New York, told WLNY. "Doing simple things now that I'm on my own, I'm struggling with it."
Other than cooking, lessons of the "adulting" persuasion can also cover "how to have a relationship, how to talk to someone, conflict resolution --- how not to fight," said Rachel Flehinger, who co-founded the Adulting School in Portland, Maine with psychotherapist Rachel Weinstein.
"I see a lot of suffering around not knowing how to do the 'adulting' thing," Weinstein told online magazine Quartz. "We know you're sick of feeling like you're pretending to be a grown-up and that someone's going to realize you don't know the s--- you're supposed to know."
Flehinger and Weinstein offer classes that provide tips on budgeting, household repairs, keeping a job, managing one's overall state of wellness, among other topics every adult should know while on their own. Classes are only $19.99, so breaking the bank is not at all necessary.
What do you think? Do you think these classes are a waste of time that these poor kids' parents should have had them prepared for in the first place, or do you think you could use a few lessons of your own? Let us know in the comments below.