Smarts
Charlotte Hannah
May 13, 2013

Meg Jay on Why 30 Is Not the New 20 (VIDEO)


If you haven’t yet seen this TED Talk by clinical psychologist Meg Jay, it’s worth a look. Jay brings up a lot of good points about issues that plague a fair number of us 20-something millennials.

What did you think?

At certain points during the talk, it felt like Jay was implying that career, marriage and children are the be-all and end-all of happiness — that it’s important to acquire them before time runs out. But she did say she’s “not discounting 20-something exploration,” so I may have interpreted that wrong.

I do think there’s a place for frivolity, bad decisions and recklessness, and that place is probably your 20s. All those things can be critical to identity formation, which Jay holds as very important.

I like the main takeaway: every moment matters and it’s foolish to procrastinate an entire decade of one’s life away in a state of extended adolescence because the 20s “don’t matter.” There’s nothing wrong with introducing a little urgency into the mix.

Let me know what you thought of the video in the comments.