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Posted Apr 10, '08 at 2:59pm

Brigadier

Brigadier

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As we all know, 18-21 is usually the age that people are defined as "Adults"

As they are now "Adults" they are allowed to Drink Alcohol or Gamble at a Casino, Legally allowed to have sex with other "Adults" and what not.

Now I would like to know what exactly defines an "Adult" and who decided that age 18-21 defines an "Adult".

In my eyes an "Adult" is a person who can handle themselves well in public, be smart enough not to overdose drugs or alcohol. Not Be Racist. And overall just have good manners and common sense.

I don't understand why Age describes adulthood. I don't want to toot my own horn but I find myself with more manners and common sense than quite a few adults I have met.

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 3:13pm

Moegreche

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Fair enough, but there has to be some legal precedence. By your criteria, I would think very few people would actually be considered adults.
Considering the evolution of private property and voting rights, combined the ability in America for individual states to determine legal adulthood, an age limit as opposed to tests of mental faculty seem a more reasonable approach to adulthood, even if there are inherent flaws.

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 3:17pm

Toothlesss

Toothlesss

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you can define adulthood in 2 different things. The first one is when u are fully grown and that is around 18-21. And when you can take care of yourself and get responsible(some people are are already resposible when they are 14 and some arent when they are 30).

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 3:23pm

DecadentDragon

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257 posts

Averages have much to do with it. It really isn't feasible to test everyone all the time on how responsible they are.

Also, experience has a lot to do with maturity and no matter how mature you think you are at 15, you'll look back at age 30 and know differently.

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 4:16pm

Megamickel

Megamickel

946 posts

Huh... I thought this was going to be discussing pedophilia. Oddly enough, I do support mass intelligence tests, but not to determine responsibility or maturity... to determine class in society. But that's a different matter.

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 5:09pm

garifu

garifu

172 posts

I know that in Missouri they are voting this year on changing the drinking age back to 18, which I think is reasonable considering what other things you can do at 18. But it does mean a loss of federal funding for highways, so a ton of construction is slated to be finished before the end of the year. Maybe it'll catch on...

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 5:55pm

WallyOhio

WallyOhio

164 posts

17 is too young...

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 10:44pm

Strop

Strop

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Huh... I thought this was going to be discussing pedophilia.

lol mega, I honestly thought the same, but hey, this is probably a better topic to discuss.

I'll just add a side note for now- regulations on averages are one thing, the reality that evolves from it are another. There is a huge body of evidence that these laws are not being enforced or even properly backed up in the rise (at least in Australia, but most likely the US as well), in teen-pregnancies and alcohol abuse, as well as a number of important background factors such as prevalence of homelessness and child-abuse etc.

Surveys will reveal that the median age for first exposure to binge-drinking and sex in Australia is ~14 years of age. The attitude is generally "it's not illegal if you don't get caught", and exactly what are the circumstances that one would get caught?

 

Posted Apr 10, '08 at 10:45pm

Tony

Tony

35 posts

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"Oddly enough, I do support mass intelligence tests, but not to determine responsibility or maturity... to determine class in society. But that's a different matter."

Hah. I find this amusing in many ways.

 

Posted Apr 11, '08 at 3:08am

Brigadier

Brigadier

66 posts

Wow, Yeah my title of this article did suck. I'm not a pedophile if anyone is wondering.

I just think that there are some people that are under the age of 18-21 who are better suited as an adult than people who are say 25-26 years old.

I know its not ideal to take mass intelligence tests but I do believe some people should not be considered adults if they cannot act better than people younger than them.