As unemployment rates tick steadily higher, starting salaries have plummeted.
Meanwhile, according to Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, a professor of psychology at Clark University, about 85 percent of the class of 2011 will likely move back in with their parents during some period of their post-college years, compared with 40 percent a decade ago.
She pocketed the envelope, seeing it as decent money for half a day's work. I mean, I had just gotten money for having sex," says Taylor, who never heard from the guy in Greenwich again. With tuition due in September to pay for her last semester of college, Taylor's back on the hunt for other, more lucrative online hookups. "It's a very expensive job," says Jack, a 70-year-old sugar daddy, who describes himself as a "humanitarian" interested in helping young women in financial need.For a sugar daddy willing to pay up, the site says it verifies his identity, annual income, and net worth and then ensures his profile gets the most traction by continually allowing it to pop up in the top tier of search results.Educated, debt-ridden 20-somethings happen to be an age demographic that intersects nicely with Jack's preferences.While he summered on Martha's Vineyard, she'd likely pass another July and August working retail in Times Square. ("Taylor" is the pseudonym she uses with men she meets online.Neither she nor any of the other women interviewed for this article permitted their real names be used.) In her profile on the site, Taylor describes herself as "a full-time college student studying psychology and looking to meet someone to help pay the bills." Photos on the site show her in revealing outfits, a mane of caramel-colored hair framing her face.