Some 20-somethings move back in with their parents when they can't find work. Tyler Moss relies on his girlfriend.
Moss writes about his experience in this Salon article, "Trials of a Stay-At-Home Boyfriend." In between applying for jobs, he copes with his situation by finding value in the small tasks he can do -- like making sure the apartment is clean, cooking dinner, even sorting his DVDs.
From the article:
Still, I squirm every time my girlfriend, Stephanie, and I go out to dinner and she reaches for the check. Sometimes I snag it from under her lingering fingertips and whip out my Visa for which she pays the bill as if thats somehow less demeaning. Say what you will about modern times and gender roles in the 21stcentury, but there are still certain behaviors associated with manhood. Providing. Protecting. Being a stay-at-home boyfriend may look easy. But lets say Ive forsaken a certain amount of pride.
Moss writes that he'd rather be with his girlfriend than canvass the country looking for a job, but also acknowledges that being financially dependent on his girlfriend is an uncomfortable situation. I can imagine. Even being financially dependent on your parents after college can become frustrating after a while.
What do you think?