Generation Boomerang: Why Won't Young Adults Leave Home? (Society Documentary) | Real Stories

Generation Boomerang: Why Won't Young Adults Leave Home? (Society Documentary) | Real Stories

More than half of young Canadian adults aged between 20 and 29 still live with their parents. After a childhood of overprotection, overindulgence, over-everything, today’s young adults are finding the real world a little too real. Generation Boomerang examines the reasons why so many of today’s young adults are slow to launch out into the world. A tough economy gets much of the blame but a peek below the surface reveals that this is a generation reluctant to give up the comforts of home.

Generation Boomerang weaves together personal stories with expert analysis. Sociologists and psychologists weigh in with differing views on whether this trend is a good thing or whether we are raising a generation of Peter Pans who will never grow up. For better or worse, this new living arrangement is something many experts believe is here to stay.

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50 Comments

  1. Blair Adventure on March 1, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    I feel like everyone in the comments is very privileged to have kind families that they feel comfortable living with for extended periods past childhood . My mother is bipolar and I literally became a stripper to buy my own house( I wanted stability which I was never given in childhood so renting was not what I wanted either , I wanted a place no one could take from me or control me ) . I see so many people my age with lip fillers , nice shoes and clothes and yearly holidays and festivals ( I literally buy things when they break and have only been on holiday twice in my life ) .
    You could say it was my ‘choice’ to do that , to save all my money for a house and to become a stripper , people even judge me for my old job . But if you live in a unstable scary home growing up and standard jobs ( even my graduate job wasn’t enough ) won’t allow you to save for a mortgage then what can you do?
    Not everyone has a nice healthy family, you can empathise with people staying at home , you should stretch your empathy to those of us who have to ‘stoop’ as that one mother in this video said to doing jobs they don’t think are good enough for their children .



  2. curtis on March 1, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    If they have a job, make them pay rent



  3. FierceONeill on March 1, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    They should make a documentary about all the parents who have to move back in with their kids because they can’t afford to live either.



  4. Nancy Desch on March 1, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Ok we all have to grow up and leave mommy and daddy. It’s not normal to hang around you parents like this. You can move out but visit them frequently and that’s what I did. It’s embarrassing to tell other people you are still living with your parents – it’s humiliating.



  5. Holy Gucamole on March 1, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    yeah and they completely ignored the fact their parents paid 5k for their education and 50-60k for their homes, the price to income ratio back then was far more accomodating for people to get married and live one income that was the traditional lifestyle back the day, wifes were stay at home moms. Today you either choose money or happiness but can’t have both



  6. FierceONeill on March 1, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    "I can’t bring a girl home cuz I live in my parents" Did ever go to him that she probably lives with hers too? Women don’t care about that anymore because our generation understands how difficult it is to be independent.



  7. O.G Negishi on March 1, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    In japan we parents like it or not our kids leaves at 18…so sad!



  8. Cassie Hutson on March 1, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Its smart to live together as long as all are contributing what they can. Who says we need to live alone and apart. I want my son to live at home at least until he finishes college. Its his choice of course. It’s just too expensive now a days and it keeps families close.



  9. LT on March 1, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Love real stories



  10. Your Landlady's Son on March 1, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    This issue is not black and white. It has a lot of grey areas. The issue of whether it’s right or wrong is subjected to many criterions. Some people live with their parents and contribute to d household. Both children and parent love the arrangement and it’s fine. The only negative aspect I see is living with ur parents and not working or being motivated to do anything. I’m 25yrs and I still live with my Dad and I work for him, he’s not kicking me out but I hate it here and I feel less of a man. I’m taking baby steps now to make sure at least by 27 I’m out permanently.



  11. Jon T on March 1, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    u know its funny,when i was 22,23,24,25,26…..i always felt and thought of myself as still a young guy,still scared and afraid of the world,caught up in my own problems from way back……

    i had a mental image that i was still young,very young like a teenager. its like u had no frame of reference u know,especially those who are loners and isolated and had few or little friends or social life..

    then when u look at these guys whom are 24,25,26 etc……u realise these people actually looks like young adult men,grown men….they look old enough to act in breaking bad as jesse pinkman,but for some reason they are still living with their parents….then it hits u,did i really look like that?a grown man still living at home like a manbaby,from 21 all the way until 27,28.29?



  12. Mark D on March 1, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Living in the SF Bay Area and being a part of the generation who has set our young ones up for failure I don’t see a problem with them living at home until they figure it out. I hear people my age (56) boast that they left home after high school or college. That was a different time. I could afford my first apartment. It’s literally impossible for young people starting out today.



  13. Kyle Zen Patriot Nicholas on March 1, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    We can thank spineless Boomers, a bad economy, entitled Millennials, illegal migration and wages that haven’t kept up with inflation among the many reasons why kids won’t leave home. I left after my mom died at 44, she kept me as a slave, and blackmailed money out of me by threatening to have my dad kick me out. He wanted me gone or paying rent the minute I turned 18, despite no one in my family or school teaching me budgeting or how to get a job. I was disabled since 14 and had to quit my first job ever 6 months after being hired because I was having so much pain that I’d come home after a partial shift and spend the rest of the night vomiting. Boomerang brats have it FAR too easy.



  14. Girouds Brother on March 1, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    I’m a Third Culture Kid & my actual family has been the sole constant in my life whether I like it or not



  15. Chess 960 on March 1, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Hey idiots. U dont need a Phd to figure out why young adults are not moving out. They simply cannot afford thier own place cos property prices are sky high.



  16. jaquan powell on March 1, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Job market is terrible, cost of living is way too high is just two reasons why we can’t leave home. Why do I need to be 30 with roommates?



  17. ~yigabenjamin on March 1, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    This doc hit home 😭



  18. For the love of Millie on March 1, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    My son refuses to live with me, he is an only child, I gave him the master bedroom that has its own living room attached. He works two jobs and goes to college, has 3 roommates to afford his own house. That helicopter mom stuff doesn’t work with independent children.



  19. coolkidstatus on March 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    She totally did not rinse that dish …



  20. Ellen Ingalls on March 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I could see if your going to school full.time or something locally.
    But yeah the fact these parents or kids are saying oh its a way i was raised or values why kids stay at home
    No this isnt normal.
    Of course if you let a kid stay at home they’re going to continue to stay and live there
    Thing is you need to find a job whether you like it or not and contribute to society
    Work your way in and up at a job until you find a job you like
    This is another problem with folks/kids this age range they want a job they want to do that they think they’ll love and get paid whatever salary they want
    World doesn’t work that way

    Yeah you’re wrong
    You shouldn’t be sleeping in
    You should be contributing
    You need to be contributing to your parents etc

    No you haven’t graduated to being an adult because your not on your own
    Exactly true



  21. Nicole Wojaczyk on March 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Hahah that joke at the end. I’m dying laughing. “Mom asks do you want kids and the so a says the real question is do you want more roommates” hahahahaha. Laughing cuz I’ve said that. If I had kids they would be living here too cuz I’m not moving out hahaha.



  22. Thomas Walker on March 1, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    I do not understand the boomer parent mentality at all. You have allowed the Government to raise your children. They have been sitting around in pointless school classes, most of them leave when they are 17 or 18 years old with no skills. And then these boomer parents expect their sons and daughters to be independent when they are 23 or 24 years old? Seriously? Am I missing something? Not to mention that as teenagers, they have been inundated with a whole manner of immoral behavior and propaganda from the media and are effectively unable to form proper social bonds. Yet this never crosses the minds of their parents. They still expect their sons and daughters to be out of the house by the time they are in their early twenties. And as a side note – How is charging your sons and daughters rent to stay at home helping them save up enough money to move out? Surely the whole point of staying at home is to save on accommodation expenses, so that one can save up enough to move out?



  23. Rahul Guleria on March 1, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I’m from India and living here with your parents is also bothersome. The society considers you a jobless & homeless guy and in India society matters a lot believe me. Although things are changing but still it can never go out of existence.
    But coming back to topic, I can very well relate to the stories of these guys and gals. And I totally support them with all those reason be it financial, emotional, educational & rest.
    At the end of the day, it doesn’t matters. It’s your life & you make it large.



  24. Susse Thrane on March 1, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Why? Because they can’t afford a housekeeper.



  25. curtis on March 1, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    parents need to be more strict. if your over 18 and no job or school, WHY are you on my porch asking for help?!?!?!?! DO NOT HELP THEM. see how fast they get a JOB



  26. Ronan C on March 1, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    The day a person begins to become an adult is the day they leave their parents home .



  27. Wallie Goolsby on March 1, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Lennar the builder builds generation homes. A home within a home. I bought one and my 29 yr old son lives with me. My son does 98% of the cooking. Helps with the outdoor care of the home. Does have a job and going back to school to become a respiratory therapist. He is responsible for his side of the house. Owns his own car that is paid off. My son is respectful and he is great company. This living arrangement works for us.



  28. ELLIOT RODGER THE SUPREME GENTLEMAN on March 1, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    in philippines we are called BATUGAN



  29. Julie N. on March 1, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    OMG! I was paying my parents rent at 16 and at college at 17 and pushed/left at 18. (My wanting out was encouraged.) I had a poorly paid job, was hungry a lot, learned Sooooo much about life and had my self respect and respect by adults and peers. You MAKE it work. Take responsibility, take the consequences of your decisions. You can always get house/apartment mates. A lot of these are not boomer kids (they’re kids until they are the responsible person(s) of the household. If they live at home, caring for parents and responsible for finances, support and decisions, then that counts as adult. If not, you are a mental and/or physical dependant.



  30. curtis on March 1, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    my mom is 72, we already discussed me moving in sometime when she retires to help her. i am not married, and we get along great. however I will pay half the bills. families are supposed to help each other. she told me if I ever put her in a nursing home, her ghost will haunt me daily LOL BUT do not move in and be a BURDEN, get a JOB people



  31. xXDeathMetalThrasherXx on March 1, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Im taking a different approach. Houses are too expensive and apartments rent is going up in my state and inflation just does that. I’m now looking to owning a rv styled van and living on the road because its just cheaper to take out a loan for 10 years as opposed to 20+ years for a house. It also is how I want my future lifestyle to be.



  32. madree p on March 1, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    I blame participation trophies and the schools curriculums. They have cut many of the programs that give a well rounded education and kids no longer have the skills to be adults. They don’t know how to solve conflicts or work in uncomfortable environments. They also don’t know how to work for what they want. If they even know what they want. I’m dealing with a truly awful 23 year old child who seems to want nothing except what’s handed to him then wants to complain that it isn’t good enough. I certainly didn’t raise him that way. He has a twin and his twin is his polar opposite. My 15 year old works harder.



  33. Matthew Ulsenheimer on March 1, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    I’m living at home for the same reason every millennial is living at home there are no high paying jobs anymore in the United States. In order to just get a job which you can live on you have to at least get a associates degree in the career you want. It wasn’t like this before because the minimum wage at least covered living on your own, but considering the minimum wage hasn’t gone up for decades while wages have stayed stagnant there’s not many options. In other countries they don’t tolerate this stuff which is why McDonald’s workers other countries can’t afford to live on their own. It comes down to this corporations have been stealing our wages longer than we’ve been alive. frankly the amount of money they owe us after all the work we’ve done for them would be in the hundreds of thousands range.



  34. FierceONeill on March 1, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    "today the average Canadian student graduates with a $28,000 debt" 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 That’s like….one year in America lol



  35. FierceONeill on March 1, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Whenever they show families like this it’s always parents who are financially secure. I can’t relate to that because I literally make the same amount of money that my parents do and we need each other to survive basically. Especially now during the pandemic.



  36. Anais Escobar on March 1, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    I guess is a cultural thing. As a Latina, it’s normal for adult children to stay home till marriage, but that doesn’t mean not having work or contributing to the house hold. I’m my case I had my parents move in with me since they provide most of my child care and they are both retired and they live for free with me since they take care of my kids. I love the arrangement and my kids get to enjoy the grandparents and make memories that will last a lifetime.



  37. G Lion on March 1, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    That man was huge-he probably was eating them out of house and home. If they asked him to leave-it was because they couldn’t afford him, he wasn’t contributing and most likely a royal pain in the a ss.



  38. Doors067 on March 1, 2022 at 11:46 pm

    Love how the stuck up girl wouldn’t date a guy who’s in the same scenario as she is. It makes sense, deep down she hates herself for living with her parents so seeing a guy in that situation projects and exacerbates her own insecurities



  39. books from Windblown on March 1, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    I am an adult kid, 30s and still with my mom. It’s gonna too depressing



  40. Rey R. on March 1, 2022 at 11:49 pm

    Life is not as easy as it used to be. The American Dream is dead



  41. curtis on March 1, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    some of these young people make me sick LOSERS GET A JOB!!!!! get 2 jobs!!!!!



  42. wondering star on March 1, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    I love my sons!!!!



  43. wondering star on March 1, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    Lol!!!!!!!!!!



  44. wondering star on March 1, 2022 at 11:56 pm

    In South Africa too many young people can`t find jobs..there is just not enough to start…degrees but no positions to fill…the system is wrong!!!



  45. Gregory Salazar on March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    I graduated high school at 18, three months later I was at Marine Corps boot camp. Completed four years in the Marines, mostly overseas, then went to college paid for by the Veterans Administration. Upon graduation from college I became a Federal Agent, got married and had a home by the time I was 29 years old. Had my first of two kids at 37, the second at 40. Waited until my kids went off to college. Retired to Mexico at the age of 60. Raised my kids to be independent and self sufficient, they are doing well. It’s how you raise your kids, not the circumstances.



  46. O.G Negishi on March 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm

    They don’t broadcast they still live at home until now…the whole world knew 😂



  47. BotanyDegree2012 Pilkerton on March 2, 2022 at 12:00 am

    They can’t afford to leave, previous generations keep getting conned into voting against their best interests.
    The over 60’s in my country are nearly all home owners, a large percentage of them own more than 2 properties, they were buying well built Victorian property £1k – 15k.
    Today the same property is worth £130k – 250k, while wages haven’t kept pace, your average workforce will struggle to run a home a job a car and a mortgage on say £11k pa.
    And women, due to sexism, struggle the hardest of the sexes.
    If parents want their kids to move out then maybe house prices have to come down or perhaps construction needs to start building small affordable 1bed homes (for all those who only use 1 bed, married couples, widows, divorced, lgbt, veterans, disabled, the growing legions of single people…)



  48. J L on March 2, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Flipping houses made affordable housing unaffordable. Housing is a necessity and should never be a profit.



  49. chris on March 2, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Funny all these parents blaming the kids however it was their generation that had the policies to inflate fiet currency away.



  50. Amanda Yee on March 2, 2022 at 12:01 am

    for some of us its like prison