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RICHARDSON (CBSDFW.COM) – Joe Lane says it was all part of the plan. “The best plan for me was to come back home, find a job and then go from there,” explained the recent college graduate.

The 23-year-old got his degree last May from Texas Tech and then moved back home with his mom and dad in Richardson.

Lane is currently looking for a job in public relations and doesn’t regret living at home while he searches for employment. “It’s fine. I’m not embarrassed by it,” said Lane.

He’s not alone. According to a study conducted at Ohio State University, the percentage of adults ages 20 to 34 living with their parents jumped from 17 percent in 1980 to 24 percent in 2007-2009. “It’s what the kids do after they graduate, said Joe’s mother, Vicki Lane. “They move home.”

The report primarily blames the recent recession for the increase of adults who now live with their parents.

However, some psychologists argue it’s not all economics and that young adults today look at their 20s as an extension of their adolescence. “The kids today do not have the resilience of a generation ago,” said Dr. Sylvia Gearing.

Gearing is a psychologist in Plano and says this current generation is the product of political correctness gone awry. “When everybody is the same and everybody gets a trophy at the same time, you don’t learn to try harder and to come back from failures,” explained Dr. Gearing.

Joe Lane disagrees and says living at home gives him a better chance of achieving the ultimate goal of independence. “I’m not having to deal with bills or a rent payment. I’m just focused solely on trying to get a job,” Lane added.

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