Leaving the nest Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_the_nest

Leaving the nest or moving out refers to the notion of a young person moving out of the accommodation provided by their guardian, fosterers or parent.[1] Such a move can be motivated by various factors, including a desire for independence, the discovery of a more viable location and/or practicality.[2]

The age at which young people move out of their previous accommodation has been rising since the turn of the 21st century.[3] Some cultures view leaving the nest as one of the key milestones in the transition from tweenhood or teenhood to becoming an adult besides obtaining employment and getting wedded.[4]

In some cultures, especially Middle Eastern ones, it is not as socially acceptable for a woman or girl to leave the home to live by herself without a marriage arrangement.[5] Some researchers have suggested that a delay in leaving the nest may result in a decrease in sexual activity.[6]


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  2. ^ Peace, Sheila (2011). Adult Lives: A Life Course Perspective. p. 145.
  3. ^ R., Dey,Judith G.;Pierret,Charles. "Independence for young millennials: moving out and boomeranging back : Monthly Labor Review: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics". www.bls.gov. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  4. ^ Furstenberg, Frank F., Ruben G. Rumbaut, and Richard A. Settersten. "On the frontier of adulthood: Emerging themes and new directions." On the frontier of adulthood: Theory, research, and public policy (2005): 3–25.
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  6. ^ "New research suggests young people are going off sex". The Irish Times. Retrieved 17 September 2018.