Dating differences in twenties

“There’s this idea now that identity is built independent of relationships, not within them,” says the psychologist Leslie Bell.

“So only once you’re ‘complete’ as an adult can you be in a relationship.” Twenty-year-old Georgia college student James feels that way.

Based on my own experience and on polls of my 30-something single friends, I've pieced together an in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of 20-somethings and 30-somethings. 20-somethings have roommates and want to go back to your place. 20-somethings might have some leftover pizza and ranch dressing in the fridge. 20-somethings want to get to Mc Donald's before they stop serving breakfast.

That’s not to say that one way is right and the other isn’t, but they are very different viewpoints on the best way to spend the high-energy years of your life.

I’m a researcher studying generational differences, and lately, my focus has been on the rising generation, those born between 19.

30-somethings have an extra (unopened) toothbrush you can use. 20-something guys want to stop for burritos on the way home from the bar.

20-something guys don't understand the concept of a top sheet.

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