The Peter Pan Syndrome used to be a social stigma, a sign of immaturity and a refusal to grow up. (And a refusal for parents to insist on growing up.)
But today’s different. After decades of being taught that a child’s most credible ambition was to get a job, we’ve come to a time in American where there aren’t many jobs. It appears that Peter Pan’s two choices are (1) get a job or (2) move back home with the folks.
Here’s a long infograph sent to me from a friend. It’s pretty depressing. Why? Because it lists all the reasons college students are moving back home with their parents. As if they have no other choice. I have a third choice for students. First, the infograph, and then my third option below it:
Pretty pathetic, I know. But before you give up on young people altogether, allow me to give them a third choice: self-employment.
“But, Jeub, that isn’t sensical!” you might say. “They need to learn a good work ethic first, get some money in the bank, learn how to be an employee first.”
Perhaps you’re right, but the world is a much different place than it used to be. Just look at the information above. Car washes and McDonalds are even tough to get into nowadays. Student loan debt has increased $5k since Obama took office (BTW, wasn’t nationalizing student loans supposed to take care of that?).
More college graduates are waiting tables than employed in their profession they were trained for. So, why not start a business?
Do you agree or disagree? Post below your thoughts. I would very much like to hear from dissenters, though.