May 5, 2022
New data shows a little over one-fifth (22%) of U.S. adults over 18 still share TV/movie streaming service expenses with their parents.
A third (34%) share their parents’ cell phone plan, with more than half (53%) of younger adults ages 18-44 doing so, according to a WhistleOut survey of more than 1,000 adults over 18.
These adults aren’t all free-loaders. In fact, data shows the majority of them (72%) are helping to pay at least in part for the monthly phone bill, and are financially independent of their parents for a majority of their expenses (73%).
Overall, around 54% of adults over 18 in the survey still share common tech expenses with their parents, including phone plans (30%), home internet/WiFi (28%), cable TV (18%), streaming devices (17%), smart home devices (11%) and gaming subscriptions (10%).
About a third (30%) of Americans think it’s reasonable for adults to stay on their parents’ phone plan as long as their parents will let them, while 22% say it’s only reasonable as long as adults still live with their parents. Still, 21% say adults should get their own cell phone plans as soon as they become adults.