According to a recent survey conducted by national homebuilder PulteGroup, baby boomers are frequently happier after becoming ‘empty nesters’. The 509 surveyed baby boomers responded that, after their children moved out, they had more personal time (95%), had lower grocery bills and other expenses (91%) and spent more time with their spouse (85%) or friends (80%).
"As with most transitions in life, when the kids leave the home, many adults have a period of exploration," said Fred Ehle, vice president of brand marketing for Del Webb, which is affiliated with PulteGroup. "We see this zest for personal discovery in our own Del Webb communities, where residents are beginning their next stage of life—even before they quit working for good. They finally have the opportunity for 'me' time to do things that maybe they put on hold during the more active child-rearing years."
Weigh in: Do you agree with these findings? Do you discover a new sense of freedom upon becoming an ‘empty nester’?