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Jordan Frye LACR 229 R.

Farnum From Childhood to Pushing Daisies Furstenberg’s “Growing Up is Harder to Do” explores the idea that adulthood comes through later in life. Throughout history it seems as if marriage and other major events in a lifetime happen later in life. Evidence shows that ages continue to grow for these big events, but is it casual or just a correlation? A new age has come in, known as “young adulthood” these days. Childhood takes people through basics of humanity, with learning how to share and to not push other children. People then learned a trade and then went straight into their jobs with families, but now sociologists are looking at a stage between adolescence and adulthood. Furstenberg looked at what people considered their “benchmarks” of adulthood. The National Opinion Research Center interviewed 1,4000 Americans 18 and up about rating the benchmarks of life. 97% said finishing school and becoming financially independent from parents were the most important benchmark. 96% getting a full time job was most important. Being able to support a family was voted by 94%. 82% said leaving home was important. Marrying was at 55%, and becoming a parent was rated at 52%.

In 2000. In 1960. and 31% of 30-year-old men have. there were different considerations for what was considered “adulthood. and 46% of 30-year-old women have become “adults. 65% of men at 30 years have accomplished these benchmarks.Furstenberg proceeds inductively to look into this subject. 2% of 20-year-old men have completed these benchmarks.” More recently. the values were different than they are today. He used secondary analysis from previous research to support this theory. In 1960 9% of men at 20 years of age accomplished what was considered benchmarks of life. the independent variables are the time frames. so diving into “parenthood” came sooner. For each time period. and the dependent variable is the age that was considered adulthood. while post people are more . He looks at the 500 interviews from 1960 and then again in 2000.” With these two examples. 29% of women have completed these at 20 years of age. 6% of 20-year-old women. From this he gathered that people achieved accomplished the events that were considered “adult” at a younger age. people felt they needed more “preparation” for adulthood (building credentials to get better jobs to support their future families that the age of adulthood is pushed back because they consider themselves “not ready. and 77% of 30year-old women have.” Values of before the 60’s were focused more on marriage and raising kids. The first test determined what was considered the benchmarks of adulthood.

The correlation is that as time goes on which allows adulthood to come later in life. . The same benchmarks have shifted in importance. with our market now. the ones that have become more important have. Finding the difference: Values of before the 60’s were focused more on marriage and raising kids. Time does not cause adulthood to come later in life. so diving into “parenthood” came sooner. become more grueling to obtain.concerned with being able to support the families and take more time preparing for supporting a family. This is not causality because the third variable is that the factors during ‘early adulthood’ between adolescence and adulthood. There are more factors now and more difficulties to get to the status of being able to financially sustain a family rather than back in the day. and in addition. while post people are more concerned with being able to support the families and take more time preparing for supporting a family.