Kids are Kids Til They're 25: Psychologists
But is adolescence lasting longer, or are we just indulging our children?
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 29, 2013 11:43 AM CDT
Is adolescence lasting longer, or are we indulging our kids?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – If your 24-year-old is acting like a kid, don't worry—he or she actually is one, at least according to psychologists, who now say adolescence continues until we're 25. "Neuroscience has made these massive advances where we now don't think that things just stop at a certain age, that actually there's evidence of brain development well into early twenties," notes a child psychologist; those in her field are now expected to see patients from ages 0 to 25, the BBC reports. That later development may explain the growing social acceptability of young adults living with their parents.

Of course, not everyone agrees. A sociology professor fears we're being too soft on younger generations. "There is a loss of the aspiration for independence and striking out on your own," he says. Psychologists' perception of extended adolescence "inadvertently reinforces that kind of passivity and powerlessness and immaturity." If that's the case, one expert offers some solutions: Young adults living at home should "do their own washing, pay their own way, pay towards the rent, pay towards the bills." So when do they grow up? When they realize "that there are no grown-ups and everyone else is winging it."

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backpath2
Oct 6, 2013 6:40 AM CDT
Oh, so that's why my 20 something kid dresses like a hooker, chugs beer, is plastered with tattoos, and won't talk to me. If this is the new normal, maybe its time to change "'...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", to "... life, liberty, and the pursuit of responsibility."
$28919642
Oct 1, 2013 9:26 AM CDT
If that's the case, one expert offers some solutions: Young adults living at home should "do their own washing, pay their own way, pay towards the rent, pay towards the bills." So when do they grow up? When they realize "that there are no grown-ups and everyone else is winging it." That's how our family did it, except when the kids were unemployed, or in school.
guardian41
Sep 30, 2013 9:21 AM CDT
We should not allow children to fight in our wars, vote, drive cars, or run for elected office. 25 and under?