My company has just released some research on the ambitions and goals of Ireland's under 25s. And it's quite reassuring really.
The majority of under 25s expect to have started their career by the time they're 25, and to have bought a car. Their parents will be relieved to know most expect to have moved out by then as well...
More interesting in terms of social trends: almost half expect to be married by the time they're 30 years old, and the majority expect to be parents themselves by the time they're 35.
So the future of family life looks fairly secure for another generation. Assuming they haven't emigrated (1 in 3 by the time they're 35):