Should A 24-Year-Old Still Qualify As A Teenager? New Science Says Yes

At age 24, I was already married and had purchased a house. Was it the right thing to do? At the time it seemed perfectly normal.

I have so many questions about this and I'm sure after reading about this idea, you might have questions too!

Should a 24-Year-Old Still Qualify as a Teenager? New Science Says Yes


Turns out, arrested development isn’t just a brilliant sitcom on Netflix. This week,a group of researchers from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia announced they want to expand the period of adolescence, traditionally defined as the ages from 10 to 19, all the way up until a person is 24 years old.That’s right, in the future, people might still be called teenagers even though the word teen is no longer included in their age group.

This idea of extending adolescence isn’t exactly new, though.In September of last year, a review published in scientific journal Child Development found that teenagers today were engaged in considerably less “adult” activities than teenagers in the ’90s. The review, which analyzed data collected from a diverse group of more than 8 million 13- to 19-year-olds from 1976 to 2016, asked teens what they did in their leisure time.The report found that teens today hit major independence milestones, like getting a driver’s license, an after-school job, and an active dating life, much later than young people did 20 years ago.

For instance, 1 in 4 high school students don’t have a license by the time they graduate, in comparison with baby boomers, who on the other hand, were mostly driving by the spring of their senior year. To the delight of parents everywhere, teens today are also having less sex than Generation Xers and are going out much less—12th graders today are out of the house far less than eighth graders were in the ’90s. In other words, 18 looks like the new 13. So can we really call these people adults by the time they head off to college? Probably not.


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