The Brief: Adulting refers to the act of being an adult.
The term “adulting” is typically used by young adults who are living on their own for the first time and getting used to doing things like paying taxes, meal prepping, commuting, and generally being responsible for oneself. Adulting is not just for Millennials and Gen Z-ers. The word can also be used by older and more experienced adults because being an adult is a hard and ongoing process.
Sometimes, the hashtag #adulting is added to social media posts about the struggles of being a responsible grown-up. Often, these posts serve as a way for those who are new to adulthood to vent about its trials and tribulations, or to humble brag about completing simple adult tasks.
Let me tell you RIGHT NOW, adulting is a sham!
— Lydia Dinga (@lydiadinga) May 10, 2019
Adulting is an ocean, Sink or swim. No lifeguard.
— Milly (@MILL_ANO) May 14, 2019
Adulting is ANNOYING like just let me WIN 😪
— Troy (@troymurphy_4) May 14, 2019
This adulting mess is getting ridiculous.
— cc. (@camixwami) May 13, 2019
“Adulting” & “winging it” both mean the same thing
— Jared Easterling (@jaredeasterling) May 12, 2019
I can tell I’m adulting cause I can hardly stay up past 10 anymore
— baby J (@JadennJaden) May 14, 2019