50 is the new 21, and that may not be all that complimentary

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Adulthood used to arrive with the so-called “coming of age”, often being the 21st birthday, but the transition from adolescent to adult appears to be taking a little longer now, with the mid-thirties increasingly being regarded as the new 21.

People between 20 and 34 are taking longer to finish their educations, establish themselves in careers, marry, have children and become financially independent, said Frank F. Furstenberg, who leads the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood, a team of scholars who have been studying this transformation. “A new period of life is emerging in which young people are no longer adolescents but not yet adults,” Mr. Furstenberg said.

Could it be argued though that as life spans increase, it is no longer necessary to reach “adulthood” by age 21? Any takers?

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I tell you no lies, talking tripe is a rite of passage

Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Surprising fact of the day? Children who have mastered the ability to lie have taken an important step in their growth towards adulthood.

Parents and teachers who catch their children lying “should not be alarmed – and their children are not going to turn out to be pathological liars,” says Dr. Lee, who has spent the last 15 years studying how lying changes as kids get older, why some people lie more than others as well as which factors can reduce lying. “The fact that their children tell lies is a sign that they have reached a new developmental milestone.”

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The best years of your life, the odyssey years

Friday, 2 October, 2009

“The Odyssey Years” are a relatively new term that refers to the period of a life person’s life between adolescence and adulthood, or the time after graduating from university, and settling into a career (possibly) and then family life (maybe).

During this decade, 20-somethings go to school and take breaks from school. They live with friends and they live at home. They fall in and out of love. They try one career and then try another.

The exact duration of this period can vary from one person to the next however, with some stretching the odyssey out to ten or more years… with such an exhilarating name though, who could blame them?

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