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Poll: At what age are people fully "grown up"?

At what age are people fully "grown up"? (pick something close)

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#1 vetFred Derf

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 14:26

Grown up at 26?

"In every mammalian species, immediately upon reaching puberty, animals function as adults, often having offspring," says psychologist Robert Epstein, author of The Case Against Adolescence. "We call our offspring 'children' well past puberty. The trend started a hundred years ago and now extends childhood well into the twenties. The age at which Americans reach adulthood is increasing - 30 is the new 20 - and most Americans now believe a person isn't an adult until age 26."

Source: Psychology Today


Although, one has to also remember that most animals can walk (and even escape predators) within a few hours of being born. Humans are kinda useless for quite a while. Unless drool can be considered a deterrent to predators, then they are pretty much helpless.

#2 etempest


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 14:31

Early 20's

They found for most people at age 18 just about everything is "mature".... but the frontal lobe of the brain. This is the area where they logic, reason, etc is still not fully developed with most people.

They stumbled across this when they took 18 year olds showed them facial expressions and have them identify the emotion while doing brain scans. Most 18 year olds could not identify fear (they interrupted as "anger") where older past 20's could identify fear expression accurately. It revealed that even though around 18 almost everything is mature, for most people the frontal lobe is still not finished being developed.

#3 j.r.l.


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 15:44

I say 18. I left home for university at 17 (immediately after getting my diploma, that is.)

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 15:49

I voted 23. I think 21 is very close, but you hit 21 expecting to be a full adult, and then it takes a few years to get used to the idea and settle into a more adult life.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 15:54

i say 21 becuase like you are finishing uni and you can get strated into a job with your qualifications so that is why i chose 21. Although 23 was close too.

#6 crazzy88ss


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 18:32

I say 18. I left home for university at 17 (immediately after getting my diploma, that is.)

Just because you leave home doesn't mean you're an adult.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 18:33

12 years old.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 18:36

if you mean physically grown up, that would have to be between the ages of 25-30 i'm still developing, 22 years old, balls havn't dropped yet (jk) but I am still getting taller annually, slowly but still going.

if you mean maturity, mentally, that's probably gonna be 65, no person below that age is dependable and responsible, silly humans. just look at the mess our world is in because it is governed by humans below the age of 65. i hope I don't grow up though. I like making youtube poop, flash cartoons and comics. LONG LIVE THE YOUNG PEOPLE!

#9 vetMax™


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 18:45

You are an adult when you have responsibilities. And I don't mean paying your mobile phone bill.

Edited by Max™, 19 June 2007 - 18:45.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 18:45

Physically adult at about 18 roughly. You have done most of your physical development towards a point, and then really start developing away from it later in life. Most puberty related issues should have cleared up.

Mentally adult - varies wildly. I would say you are mentally adult when you realise you still have more learning to do.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 18:47

Graduating college and getting your first real job and all the responsibilities of life happen at 21.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 19:04

being an "adult" is a very convoluted term. Do you consider an "adult" to be someone that is "capable" of handling the everyday pressures of providing for a family, or do you consider an "adult" to be someone that is simply "capable" of providing for themselves, or simply someone that is "capable" of reproduction?

The average person is physically done growing between 18 - 21 years, but emotional growth is something that continues long after. No one ever really stops growing emotionally, but the average person has the last significant level of maturity growth by 24 - 26 years...

It's very possible to consider a child an "adult" when they reach puberty, but how many teenagers can provide for them themselves or another on their own? Not very many... and society has "inflated" to the point where it's not always good enough to work on a farm.

the term "adult" for the human population certainly changes as society changes... we're not animals living under the laws of mother nature so much as we are living under "society"

#13 Eagle101



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Posted 19 June 2007 - 19:08

Here are the facts, whether you take them personally or not:

For Americans: 37 years old when you are fully grown up.
For the Rest of the World: 23 years old

This is the facts.


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Posted 19 June 2007 - 19:11

97 and a half. Exactly.

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Posted 19 June 2007 - 19:17

later than 20...

I am 20, and I'm still a kid... :p