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The Age of Adulthood Is Changing in Japan

It won't be 20 anymore

(Newser) - Currently, young people aren't considered adults in Japan until they reach the age of 20, a policy set in 1876. For the first time since then, the government is changing the age of adulthood: Starting in 2022, it will be 18 years of age, thanks to a bill that... More »

New Millennial Trend: Adulting Classes

'Let's get these people together so they can learn this stuff'

(Newser) - Know how to fold sheets? Change a tire? Cook dinner? Balance your budget? What sound like basic life skills to some may actually be novelties to others, who for whatever reason didn't learn certain tasks generally associated with adulthood. And yes, now there are "adulting" classes and meet-ups... More »

Govs Meet in 'Harmony,' Immediately Start Squabbling

Doesn't take long for things to unravel after White House meeting

(Newser) - The chief executives of the nation's 50 great states emerged from a White House meeting with President Obama today apparently "claiming harmony," as per the AP . So that Kumbaya vibe took mere seconds to descend into a bickerfest held on-camera in front of the West Wing. Lowlights... More »

Kids are Kids Til They're 25: Psychologists

But is adolescence lasting longer, or are we just indulging our children?

(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... More »

Judge to Guy Living With Parents: Move Out, Get a Job

25-year-old's attempt to force parents to reinstate allowance fails

(Newser) - If you're a 25-year-old whose parents have incredibly rudely stopped giving you your monthly allowance, don't expect too much sympathy from Spain's courts. The mooching man took mom and dad to court after they stopped forking over the $588 they had been giving him each month. Their... More »

Men in Your 20s: It's Time to Grow Up

Author: Because women in their 20s have just about given up on you

(Newser) - A female author escalates the girls-rule-boys-drool argument into the stratosphere with a damning essay about twenty-something males in today's Wall Street Journal . While women in their 20s are turning into responsible adults, guys are hung up in a state of "puerile shallowness," writes Kay S. Hymowitz in an... More »

Future Criminal? Unless He Learns Self-Control

Get a grip early or kids will pay later, says study

(Newser) - Bad kids grow up to be bad adults—unless they learn a little self-control. That's the gist of a new study out of New Zealand which shows that a lack of such control remains consistent through adulthood unless it is caught early and addressed. More than 1,000 kids were... More »

Personality in First Grade Sticks for Life: Study

Personality traits persevere decades later

(Newser) - Chatty kids grow up to be intelligent adults, and children with low self-esteem remain insecure decades later, say researchers investigating how much personality changes with age. "We remain recognizably the same person," the study author tells LiveScience . "This speaks to the importance of understanding personality because it... More »

The Millennial: Tech-Savvy, Still Living With Mom

Peter Pan lurks among underemployed 20somethings

(Newser) - Maybe it's the crap economy, or maybe they're just sensitive, but 20-something millennials are proving you can go home again—in fact, you can never leave. Long lauded for their tech savvy, the Washington Post notes that 20-somethings are not only not flying the coop later than previous generations, they're... More »

'Kidult' Culture Hides Isolation, Misery

(Newser) - Today’s twentysomething men are a bunch of “kidults” and “thresholders,” writes Tony Dokoupil in Newsweek, content to stretch the transition from adolescence to adulthood into a decade of dude-centric activities like drinking, skirt-chasing, and mastering fire (“I’ll grill that potato salad,” one buddy... More »

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