Adulthood Vs Adulthood

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Recently, there is a controversial debate on what is adulthood and whether or not a certain age help considers individuals as adults. On one hand, one argues that age helps people recognized individuals as an adult. In “Let Them Drink at 18, With a Learner’s Permit”, John M. McCardell Jr. thinks that 18 years old young people are considered young adults. In “Brain Maturity Extends Well Beyond Teen Years”, Sandra Aamodt said individuals don’t reach maturity until the brain is fully developing at about age 25. On the contrary, one argues that going through adulthood is different for everyone because their paths and definitions of adulthood are different. In “ Who is an adult”, Jennifer L. Tanner Ph.D. stated that going through adulthood is different…show more content…
Some people believe that they are considered adults because they achieved their goals of becoming an adult, “an adult is someone who-accepts responsibility, makes independent decisions and becomes financially independent” (Tanner) while some believe that they aren’t fully mature. Some think that they are “neither adolescent nor adult” (Tanner), they feel that they are in-between adolescent and adult and they named that as emerging adulthood. In addition, this feeling of emerging adulthood varied from 18 to 29, showing that individuals mature at different ages, so ages can’t tell if someone is mature or not. Moreover, people are feeling emerging adulthood now because most parents now are emerging adults and don’t want their children to fully mature so fast. Young people now rely financially on their parents since their parents pay for the cost of education and loans (Hofer). However, if they can’t be independent, they won’t be considered adult since financial independence is one of the main goals one need to achieve to become an adult (Baer). Teenagers now aren’t getting their “opportunities to make their own choices, whether that’s about their major, what courses to take, their social lives or summer plans, and they need practice in making mistakes and recovering, and in owning the outcomes of their choices” (Hofer), revealing that these college students…show more content…
The three goals are making independent decisions, taking responsibility for yourself, and has financial independence. If someone doesn’t achieve three goals, they won’t be considered as a fully mature adult. In addition, I won’t be viewed as an adult because I’m not financially independent from my parents. They pay for my education and everyday life. Even though I make my own decisions and take all the responsibilities of my decisions and actions, I’m not an adult if I rely financially on my parents. Therefore, adulthood is someone who accepts responsibility, makes independent decisions, and becomes financially independent and age doesn’t help people consider young individuals as adults because going through adulthood is different for everyone, so people mature at different time or
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