Scientists Raise the Age of Adulthood to 24 -- Thanks Millennials

Adulthood used to begin after high school when you got your first taste at the real world. But, millennials gotta go all millennial (see Darker religious practices on the rise among Millennials and The number of millennials living with their parents is on a shocking rise). That’s not to say they haven’t made their mark, though.

 

  • Adolescence now lasts from ages 10 to 24 rather than 14 to 19, say scientists
  • This is because millennials are increasingly delaying adult responsibilities
  • Advances in health and nutrition mean puberty now starts age 10 on average
  • Researchers claim the traditional definition of adolescence is ‘overly restrictive’
Researchers at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, say that many are choosing to delay the responsibilities of adulthood. Young people are delaying starting full-time work by extending their education  (stock image)
Researchers at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, say that many are choosing to delay the responsibilities of adulthood. Young people are delaying starting full-time work by extending their education (stock image)

Gen-Y’s unyielding refusal to abandon their parents’ basement led sociologists to redefine being grown up. They’ve decided adulthood now doesn’t start until the age of 24. I kid you not.

The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth.

But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed.

Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years.

Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters…

So getting a job? Starting a family? Making a contribution to society?

But Dr Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilizing about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work.

Adolescence now lasts from ages 10 to 24, scientists have claimed. Millennials are more likely to study longer and delay settling down than previous generations, pushing back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins (stock image)
Adolescence now lasts from ages 10 to 24, scientists have claimed. Millennials are more likely to study longer and delay settling down than previous generations, pushing back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins (stock image)

“Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.”

Prof Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to he plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24.

“Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society,” she added.

Why bother with boring things like independence and responsibility? Especially when mommy and daddy are still paying for your soy milk and veggie burgers? Next, you’ll be telling me grown adults are throwing tantrums in the street and fooling around Play-Doh. Oh wait, too late.

Leftist nanny-statism has taught millennials to leave the grown-up stuff to other people. They have more important things to do, like #resisting and chowing down on Tide Pods. The only way they transition into adulthood is if you drag them there, kicking and screaming.

The future’s looking bright, isn’t it? Wonder what could be the cause of all this….Georgetown University Honors Millennial Day By Handing Participation Trophies Out…hmmmmm

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