Adulthood used to begin after you finished college, if not high school. But, millennials gotta millennial (see Poll: 1-in-5 Millennials Think Very Highly of Communists… and Income Inequality? Millennials Spend Over $96 Billion on Food…). That’s not to say they haven’t made their mark, though.
Gen-Y’s stubborn refusal to vacate 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?
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?