Being in your twenties is, hands down, the most diverse decade of life.  At 20 you can’t even drink (legally), and then by 29 you’re basically expected to be married with children (cue panic attack).

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Although you can get away with a lot while you’re still in college (body shots, anyone?), there’s some habits that you should definitely consider quitting in your 20s.  And by consider, I mean you should have stopped yesterday.

1.  Texting while you drive.

Okay seriously, people?  THIS IS ILLEGAL. Maybe before now you could have plead ignorance, but the amount of PSAs out there make it inexcusable.  Plus, I don’t want you to die.

2.  Advertising  your alcoholism on social media.

I think it’s totally fine that you binge drink on a regular basis.  In fact, I applaud it, especially if you don’t feel like you’ve been run over by a truck the next morning.  Your boss, however, may not agree.  Party pics may have been cool in college, but I think we can all admit that those 13 Jell-o shots from Friday night don’t need to be on Instagram. And Facebook. And Twitter. And Tumblr…

3.  Pulling all-nighters.

Our bodies can’t handle this anymore!  Cramming for exams during college is one thing, but when you have a nine-to-five, staying up all night over the weekend is asking for a terrible week.  Your body is a temple and that temple requires eight plus hours of sleep per night. A double vanilla soy latte can only do so much.

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4. Using Mom/Dad’s credit card.

I love my dad’s Mastercard as much as the next freeloader, but there comes a time when you need to build credit of your own.  When is that time you may be wondering?

That time is now.

How can you ever expect to get a loan for a car or a house if you don’t have any credit?  Now, I’m not saying to do something crazy like cutting up their card but definitely get one of your own.

5. Skipping facial care.

Wrinkles are hot.  Said no one ever.  Sun screen, moisturizer, washing your face, taking off your makeup every night. Sound like a pain?

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I think we can all agree it’s worth it…


Elaina Donofrio is a Cambridge based twenty something which is incredibly different than being Boston based, thank you very much. She is a Boston College graduate with a major in Communication, a minor in Studio Art, and a self-proclaimed Doctorate in social media. Elaina has a mild chocolate addiction and regularly suffers from BSA (beach separation anxiety). When she's not enjoying her job at the North End based start-up Dailybreak, you can find her pretending she likes to run, re-reading the Harry Potter series, or plotting how to sneak a kitten into her apartment. You can follow her on twitter at @elaina_donofrio or check out her photography portfolio at

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