The Point: The Lost Boys

There’s a bunch of 30-year-old Peter Pans.

University of Zurich economist David Dorn describes millennial men as “the lost generation.” They’re less likely to have a full-time job than any generation before them. Bloomberg reports 14 percent of men aged 25 to 34 with just a high school diploma weren’t in the workforce in 2016.

This started with the “great recession” almost ten years ago, but it’s still true today, despite the booming job market. The demand for work is there, but a large percentage of young men just choose to check out and continue living with parents.

The problem is much deeper than economics or education. The value of work, of self-sacrifice, and of what it means to be a man are simply lost on a generation of boys. Solving this kind of societal problem will be daunting, but it begins with those of us who have boys in our lives, steering them away from Neverland, and instead teaching them the value and joy of growing up.

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Millennial Men Leave Perplexing Hole in Hot U.S. Job Market
  • Jeanna Smialek | Bloomberg.com | November 2, 2018

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