America's young adults are increasingly living with their parents, Pew Research data shows.
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In Italy, they're called "bamboccioni" – big babies – and they're viewed as something of a minor national crisis. They're a generation of young people content (or forced) to live at home with their parents into their late 20s or early 30s.
As of 2010, "more than 60 percent of Italians aged 18 to 34 were still living at home," according to figures cited in Britain's Daily Mail.
With its cheap land and housing options and culture prizing independence over community, it seems unlikely that America will see those kind of numbers anytime soon. But increasing numbers of young adults are delaying or canceling their move-out dates, choosing instead to opt for the convenience, affordability, and (no doubt complicated) emotional warmth that comes from living at home.