You may have seen some of the breathless headlines noting that more 18-to-29-year-old Americans are living with their parents than at any time since the Great Depression.

Clark University psychologist Jeffrey Arnett explains how, over the course of human history, living at home until you’re married has been a common practice. In fact, in much of the world today, it’s still typical for young adults to stay home until at least their late 20s.

So why do Americans not adhere to this norm? And is it really something to be ashamed about?

This week we also liked articles that trace the origins of modern offices, compare the track records of the Trump and Obama administrations in battling the Islamic State and recall the history of bad polling during presidential elections.

Nick Lehr

Arts + Culture Editor

Millions of college students have been living at home since their campuses closed due to the coronavirus. FG Trade via Getty Images

Yes, more and more young adults are living with their parents – but is that necessarily bad?

Jeffrey Arnett, Clark University

The U.S. was an outlier in the 20th century. It’s been typical throughout human history, and even today, it’s common practice in most of the world.

People look at the remains of an exploded vehicle that the Islamic State used as a suicide bomb, on display in Iran in September 2020. Morteza Nikoubazl/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Who really defeated the Islamic State – Obama or Trump?

Brian Glyn Williams, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

President Trump has claimed the Islamic State was completely defeated on his watch – but an analysis of government maps and other reports shows his administration did only half the work.

The East India House, 1928. From ‘A History of Lloyd’s,’ by Charles Wright and C. Ernest Fayle. Macmillan and Company Limited, London, 1928. Photo by The Print Collector/Getty Images

How the needs of monks and empire builders helped mold the modern-day office

Nicole Kay Peterson, Iowa State University

The coronavirus epidemic has made us all rethink our workspaces. But the needs of the times have always influenced the office space – whether for the colonial empire or a growing commerce.

  • Why males may have a worse response to COVID-19

    Meghan E. Rebuli, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    A new study is the first to identify sex differences in inflammation and immune cell activation in response to SARS-CoV-2 infection, which causes COVID-19.

Rural health providers have had to adapt to the pandemic by providing services in locations like school gyms and community centers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing – but are innovating

Tanisa Adimu, Georgia State University; Amanda Phillips Martinez, Georgia State University

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.