Does the way in which we transition into adulthood evolve with efficacy or is it simply the aftermath of social amalgamation?

Completing school - Leaving home - Becoming financially independent - Marrying - Having a child

In 1960, 77% of women and 65% of men had completed these milestones by the age of 30 in their transitions to adulthood. In 2000, fewer than half of women and one third of men had completed them by 30.

I need say no more for you to comprehend the degree to which these aforementioned milestones are marred with social and political antagonism. With buzz surrounding the right name for the Millennial/Gen C (C for connected) generation, we can agree that technology, despite our generation's title, has no doubt changed the way in which we are all interconnected globally to each other, social issues and producing tools for the betterment (or worsening) of society. It has also affected the way we mature and transition to adulthood.

Amid globalism, recessionary economies, and increased competition, is the way in which we progress into careers sustainable for happiness/fulfillment/satisfaction as it has been done before (school, job, family, retirement cycle)? Consider things like work/life balance, autonomy, and horizontal organizations being in their relative infancy. Does Adam Smith's Invisible Hand still pertain to this situation that everyone should act in self-interest in the best interest of society?

I'm curious to hear people's thoughts on whatever sticks with them.

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