Is it time to consider raising the age of adulthood to 25, across the board? #AdultAt25
Adulthood and age requirements have gotten a lot of media attention lately. Buying guns, drinking alcohol, serving in the military, etc.
What constitutes being an adult? Generally speaking, adulthood is that point in your life when you are fully vested with all of the rights and responsibilities of an autonomous human being. No more parental oversight or consent needed and you are held solely responsible for your actions.
Some “adulting” has already been pushed up to 21.
Technically, for most things we consider an 18 yr old an adult, with a few exceptions. They can’t drink or buy a handgun. They may not be able to buy any gun in the near future. In the wake of the Florida school shooting it has been proposed that we raise the age to purchase rifles, or “assault weapons,” to 21 as well. However, Raising Age Requirement Would Have Little Effect On Mass Shootings.
The media constantly alternates their view of late teens, depending on the story. The Florida shooter, 19 yrs old, is constantly referred to as a kid, despite being a year older than the age of adulthood. Yet, in other situations they refer to those ages as grown or adult. Is there an agenda or ideological narrative driving this situational perception of adulthood?
“Adulting” is more than beer and guns.
It’s not just guns and alcohol. Many 17-24 yr olds seem to struggle with many aspects of “adulting” these days. A recent report found that over 70% of that age group would not qualify for military service due to lack of education, criminal history, obesity or medical issues.
A Pew Research study found that more and more young “adults” are living with their parents until their late 20s, sometimes 30s. The Affordable Care Act allowed kids to stay on their parents insurance until age 26. The adult/child line has become increasingly blurred in recent years, in that 17-24 age range especially.
What does science say about adulthood?
We can’t forget the science. I certainly wouldn’t want to be considered a science denier, now would I? According to the University of Rochester Medical Center – Understanding the teen brain, the rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until about age 25.
In fact, research has found that adult and teen brains work very differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part.
So, what are the rights and responsibilities we associate with adulthood? Do we really want those with an immature, irrational, emotionally driven brain doing ANY of these things?
- Sex, Consent.
- Medical Decisions.
- Military Service.
- Drugs and Alcohol.
- Legal Contracts.
- Legal Liability (Tried As Adult, Death Penalty).
Now, I’m well above 25, by more than double. So, this is easy for me to say, right?
What were you like at 18, 21, 25?
As a 16, 17, 18 year old I would have hated this idea. I looked forward to being old enough to drive, to vote, to drink and being old enough for my car insurance rates to drop. Ironically, that’s at about age 25, some statistics and science behind that you think? Yet looking back to when I was that age just solidifies my position that it is worthy of discussion. No, I won’t go into further details, so don’t ask.
I have a petty good idea of some of the pros and cons of an #AdultAt25 societal change. There would need to be some educational changes to partially fill that gap between 18 and 25. Parental responsibility would be extended. Military readiness may be effected. More liberal politicians and parties, who rely on the young, emotional, activist vote will hate it.
But again, I think it is worthy of consideration and discussion. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. What are the pros and cons that you foresee? Ask your kids, if you have them, or friends and family member’s kids. Ask anyone over 40 and ask them to think back to when they were in their late teens, early 20s.
I can see this being a very interesting, possibly heated, discussion.