adaptive living

With the rise of technology and its non-stop presence in our daily lives, our busyness seems to only have become busier. We aren’t discouraged by trying to do multiple things simultaneously and more efficiently. Instead, we are packing more into our days, weeks and months than we have in the past. Beyond this “go, go, go” approach, more people are expressing an intensified desire to experience more in life and get more out of those experiences. While we’ve seen this carpe diem philosophy adopted by generations of the past, many of our terms show how technology and modernized attitudes have shaped adaptive living in the present.

This year’s terms illustrate a desire to balance living life to the fullest, both in terms of activity and experience, with the responsibilities that come with it. The lines between personal and professional, between life stages and ages and how people choose to experience these life stages, have become increasingly blurred. We’re seeing multi-tasking bleed into all areas of life, even vacation, as people attempt to accomplish and take in as many things as they possibly can with their time. Young adults are now postponing traditional milestones of adulthood, and those who have committed to marriage and families are trying to experience as much as possible, at the same rate they did B.C. (before children).

Babymoon (n.)

A vacation taken by a couple during pregnancy to celebrate time together prior to the birth of their child.

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C-muffs (n.)

Noise-reduction headphones worn by the children of Gen-Xers at concerts.

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Fake-ation (n.)

A vacation where a significant amount of time is dedicated to your work.

Mid-life living (n.)

A flip on “mid-life crisis,” attributed to the opportunity for empty-nesters to enjoy their independence through new experiences and activities.

Not getting pregnant (n.)

An increasingly popular approach to starting a family by opting for other methods besides actually becoming pregnant.

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Overwinding (n.)

Compacting things that used to take a lot of time into a shortened period of time, as we expect and demand things to happen instantly.


Push present (n.)

An increasingly popular trend in which a partner gives a gift to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child.

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Waithood (n.)

A prolonged period where young adults postpone marriage and having children in order to start a career and live their own lives.

Work-shifting (n.)

Using multiple mobile devices to complete work whenever and wherever convenient.

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YOLO (n.)

Acronym for “you only live once,” coined to express the importance of partaking in an abundance of life experiences.