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  • Mainstream media labels them lazy moochers, but what's life really like as a boomerang kid?
  • Mainstream media labels them lazy moochers, but what's life really like as a boomerang kid?
    Elad Ben Elul (2013) ©
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Boomerang kids: an ethnographic exploration

We sent anthropologist Elad Ben Elul to investigate boomerang kids and parents. Countering media portrayals, his findings offer a fresh interpretation of this misunderstood group.

Location United Kingdom

Scope
Unemployment, student loan debts, unpaid internships, an unstable economy… and the stress of being a grown-up for the first time. These are just some of the challenges that push more and more 20-somethings to move back home. In the UK, 36% of young adults aged 18-31 are living with their parents – an increase of 7% since 2007. [1]

And the media has keenly documented the national “problem” of the 'boomerang kids', widely portraying the returnees as spoiled kids who have “failed to launch” themselves into adult life. Columnists label Gen Y

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