Wednesday, January 19, 2005

We have a name for them too: Losers

So Time is running a big story on "Twixters," the obnoxiously named group of people who do things like take 5-6 years to finish college and then still live with their parents.

Being closer to the college age than a lot of Time readers, believe me when I say that there are a lot of people like this. I know them. I suspect that some of my younger relatives will be them.

Here's a partial justification for their shiftlessness:

The twixters aren't lazy, the argument goes, they're reaping the fruit of decades of American affluence and social liberation. This new period is a chance for young people to savor the pleasures of irresponsibility, search their souls and choose their life paths. But more historically and economically minded scholars see it differently.

Let me let you all in on a little secret: these people are not growing up because it is easier to continue mooching off mom and dad. You'd be surprised at how fast these people would get jobs and become responsible adults if they got off the dole, just like we saw in 1996 with welfare reform.

I too have a name for this group of people: fucking losers.


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