Poll: What age do you think you are classed as an adult?
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View poll results: What age do you think you are classed as an adult?
16-17
6 4%
18
41 25%
19
4 2%
20
12 7%
21
36 22%
22
12 7%
23-25
17 10%
26-29
10 6%
30-39
6 4%
40+
20 12%
Voters: 164.
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#1
So, I turned 22 today and it feels like my youth is officially over.

Am I now classed as an adult?! Do I have to do grown-up things?!

I think I shall get raging drunk whilst trying to figure this out.

So, Pit. When do you think youth is over and one becomes an "adult"?
#3
I'm 20 and i definitely don't feel like an adult now. Don't really want to anytime soon.
#4
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I'm 20 and i definitely don't feel like an adult now. Don't really want to anytime soon.

20 is much different than 22...
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#5
At whatever age you commit your first felony.
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#8
I think it depends on the individual. If you compare two 20-year olds, the one who's been living alone and working full time since the age of 16 is going to be more of an adult than the one who went to college and partied his face off.

I think you become an adult when you're not only independent, but capable of providing for others as well as yourself.
#10
Quote by Tismort
@ sashki

Then it's 40+ for me when you put it like that.

I'd say most people are adults by 40, but among 20 year olds a lot of them are still overgrown kids. I know I am.

I don't think you can put a definite age on maturity, as it varies on an individual basis, but I'd say once you're 30 you need to start getting your shit together.
#11
Quote by sashki
I think it depends on the individual. If you compare two 20-year olds, the one who's been living alone and working full time since the age of 16 is going to be more of an adult than the one who went to college and partied his face off.

I think you become an adult when you're not only independent, but capable of providing for others as well as yourself.


This. Being legally considered an adult and fitting into the cultural concept of being an adult (which isn't universal) are two different things. At 20, I certainly don't consider myself an "adult".

Edit: Also happy birthday! Stop philosophising and go get drunk
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#12
I felt like an adult when I started living on my own, aged 19. It was because I went to university but still made me feel a lot more 'grown up' then before. I'm currently 21 and in a full time job and that also makes you feel like an adult but in a different way. Students are always looked down upon I feel, given this kind of 'young adult' moniker but when you have a job people start treating you like a real contributing member of society
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#13
I chose 40+


Upon reflection, I'm 22 and think clearly shows I'm not very "grown up"
#14
Happy birthday! No present for you.

40+
Wait until you're at least 40 to grow up. Meanwhile, bang chicks, buy and crash a fast car (not on the same day you moron), and buy a grotesquely state-of-the-art laptop just so you can spend all night playing RPGs. Wait this is UG. But a grotesquely expensive guitar but don't wreck it. Oh, and you need an amp. Definitely spend huge on amps.

Anyway bottom line don't grow up until you've blown some serious pounds/dollars/pence/euros/marks/lire/yen on something you want AND you've saved a little pile of dough.

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#15
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Anyway bottom line don't grow up until you've blown some serious pounds/dollars/pence/euros/marks/lire/yen on something you want AND you've saved a little pile of dough.

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#16
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#18
I was hoping for a 15 option. I've occupied an adult brain since then.
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#19
when you realise that you're going to die and you accept that fact without being scared/panic.

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#20
I'm 52 and the pub landlord says "hello boys" when I walk in with my mates, so I guess I'll never grow up now.

Maybe is a music and sports thing - people who "play" for a living, as in play in a band or play football never get to be counted as adult. Or maybe its a baby thing, perhaps when you have kids yourself, then you grow up, especially when you hear youself repeating phrases that your father said to you - like, don't do drugs, and be in by 11 etc.
#25
I think that you are classed as an adult when you pay your own bills and you can take care of yourself, But the law here in Finland says that when you hit 18 you are an adult.
#28
Quote by steee21
I say adulthood begins when you are completely financially independent.


This nails it, generally.
Getting a car (i was 18) kind of gave a feeling of an adult (freedom+ independence) But i was still too interested in parties/completely irresponsible to myself (was fun though, ha)...
Leaving uni at 22 almost gave a feeling of an adult, except that i had to move back to my parents place...
I'm 24 now and only just starting to feel like an adult...
Mainly because i'm becoming more financially independent. It makes all the difference to your mindset.

I personally believe you shouldn't be in a rush to grow up. Life's ****ing great when you're young. You can get away with a hell of a lot more than when you're older. No regrets, huh?

I'm more ready for being an 'adult' now, knowing i did a lot of the silly things i wanted to do, it's all out my system and i'm really glad i did it (no matter how much trouble i got myself in). No regrets and ready to move on from those things
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#29
The youth is starting to change are you starting to change are you together together together together
#30
When you fulfill all of these criteria:

You use phrases like "when I was young," "When I was a lad," "When I was your age," etc
You no longer consider blanket forts, ball pits, water slides and such to be awesome.
You see snow on the weather forecast and your first thought is how it will affect the traffic.
You listen to Dire Straits.
You are no longer in education.
You get up before 11AM on a day off.
Your friends are getting married/having kids and you are not judging them for doing it way too young.

Only 1, 4 and 5 apply to me (though I'm working on getting back into education), and I'm 22. TS, you're still young, now go have a drink. Happy birthday.
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#31
When you're done with your education and you've settled somewhere.

In other words, anything between 18 and late twenties...


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You get up before 11AM on a day off..

I did that until a few months after I turned 19...
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#32
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When you fulfill all of these criteria:

You use phrases like "when I was young," "When I was a lad," "When I was your age," etc
You no longer consider blanket forts, ball pits, water slides and such to be awesome.
You see snow on the weather forecast and your first thought is how it will affect the traffic.
You listen to Dire Straits.
You are no longer in education.
You get up before 11AM on a day off.
Your friends are getting married/having kids and you are not judging them for doing it way too young.

Only 1, 4 and 5 apply to me (though I'm working on getting back into education), and I'm 22. TS, you're still young, now go have a drink. Happy birthday.


They all apply to me apart from the Dire Straits one.
#34
Im 19, and I dont feel like an adult. Although, I realise im starting to become an adult, but I think its 21-22.

I think adult status is solidified when youre out of school and have your own place. Im old.
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#35
Financial independence doesn't make you an adult. I was renting a house, had a job and was paying the bills; all I was was a child with too much money. You'll still feel like a child throughout your 20's.
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#38
Once you have a job that's no fun and games you're an adult.
All the other ones are happy folk living their dreams.

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#39
I still haven't grown up. I'm saving that for when I'm dead.
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#40
I consider myself an adult. The only thing that's stopping me from being a full adult is age laws and money, but I'm sure I'm responsible enough to handle living by myself.
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