Preface: the defining decade -- Introduction: real time -- Work -- Identity capital -- Weak ties -- The unthought known -- My life should look better on facebook -- The customized self -- Love -- An upmarket conversation -- Picking your family -- The cohabitation effect -- On dating down -- Being in like -- The brain and the body -- Forward thinking -- Calm yourself -- Outside in -- Getting along and getting ahead -- Every body -- Do the math -- Epilogue: will things work out for me?.
Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood. Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the
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