Fast forward to this year, I have an SO who is incredibly supportive, yet very financially conservative, though I do think that's a smart thing. We put together a budget and found out I can afford to board him here in Buffalo (which is a total rip off, btw - the only places with indoors around here that AREN'T a 45 minute drive into the boonies start at 500 a month), and I can take him off his super cheapo 24/7 pasture board where my mom has generously worked his board down back at home.
I'm incredibly thankful that my parents have helped me through this. I do have a new job, but it's still grossly underpaid for my position and the experience I had, despite it only being a couple years after graduating, I had freelanced in the past.
We're there, you just can't see us because we can't afford it. With a growing weight on our shoulders between student loans and no jobs, people need to afford basic living essentials and pay off loans first.
I'll also agree that there's a huge majority that doesn't understand budgeting or looks more than 6 months into the future when making plans that could drastically alter their expenses... either because parents help and have no choice, or they really don't have a choice and can't afford it... especially those who went to college.