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Do we underestimate the importance of the 20-something years? Live Q&A with TED speaker Meg Jay, Wednesday at 3pm Eastern

In her talk, clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay urges twentysomethings and those who know and love them to claim this period as their "defining decade" -- to focus not on identity crises, but on building for themselves what she calls identity capital.

So, have we been sending the wrong message with language like "kidults" and "30 is the new 20"? Bring your questions and comments to the live chat on Wednesday, May 15 from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern time.


Closing Statement from TED

From Meg Jay:

YOLO! You only live one, but hopefully that one life is going to go on for a long time. So be mindful about what you're doing, who you're doing it with, and where you're going. Be kind to your future self!

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    May 15 2013: Dr. Jay, thanks so much for a thought provoking talk!

    I am 22 years old and very proud of the intention I have had in every decision I've made so far in my 20's. With that said, I still do feel this overwhelming pressure from multiple avenues to be able to have it all: a great job, kids and a stable social life by the time I'm 30... Is there a way to balance my absorption of my generations career oriented goals (especially for women) and a more traditional family life? Would love to hear your thoughts here.

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