I have recently seen grown men and women – accomplished men and women, smart men and women, men and women who are going places in life – use the hashtag “#adulting” in various Facebook posts. I want to smack them.
With all due respect to my dear Facebook friends, please excuse me for what I am about to say:
GROW UP and stop publicly congratulating yourself for:
- doing the dishes
- cooking food
- cooking healthy food
- working late
- having a full day
- getting your internet hooked up
- sending out a resume
These are all things my Facebook friends have recently hashtagged #adulting. You are not “adulting,” you are acting your age. I think Jezebel put it well:
Adulting is a term most often used when a person fulfills a basic prerequisite of adulthood and wants to feel special—or, worse than that, be charmingly self-deprecating—about it.
There are even ribbons for adulting:
…which is funny, because, even when given ironically, an award for fulfilling your basic responsibilities as a human is pretty much the most childish thing imaginable.