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Jun 27, 2011, 06:17AM

The Forever Sad Kids

"Sitting on my couch were other adults in their 20s or early 30s who reported that they, too, suffered from depression and anxiety, had difficulty choosing or committing to a satisfying career path, struggled with relationships, and just generally felt a sense of emptiness or lack of purpose—yet they had little to quibble with about Mom or Dad."

More at The Atlantic.

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  • people like this enable Miranda July to have a career. There is nothing more boring than well-to-do twentysomething white people complaining about their problems.

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  • This fairly long, by today's standards, article in the Atlantic was worth reading... barely. It certainly wasn't original, as the idea that Boomer and Gen X parents live vicariously through their kids and attempt to friends rather than parents has been circulating for years. It's also, at least to judge by the people interviewed in the piece, a cultural problem that's faced mainly by affluent parents and children. I doubt that most of the country's adults and children could relate to the "problems" described.

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  • I actually found the length refreshing. It is all too common these days for articles to be too brief and therefore not informative. What bugged me about this article is that the writer was able to become a liscensed shrink without any understanding of this (as you point out) rather common cultural problem

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