When the answer to that question no longer matters to you, or when people are unable to get to you by using that word, you'll be an adult. When I was 16, I acted very grownup so I would be treated like an adult. It mattered to me what they thought of me. When I was 18, I made a point of saying I was an adult and demanded to be treated as such. Somewhere between then and now, when I hang around kids all day (I'm a teacher), dress wearing novelty shirts every day, and I generally act like a teenager, I became an adult. Today, I get a lot of "Act your age", and "You should be an adult by now". It amuses me that these people, who grew up believing that being an adult meant doing whatever one wanted, now are convinced that being an adult means doing whatever one is expected to.
When you find the place where the only opinion of you that matters is yours, you'll be an adult. Whether that happens at 18 or 81.
Legally yes. They are adults, when you turn 18 you get treated by society as an adult, you can go to court as an adult, to jail as an adult but you also get adult wages and all the benefits that come with being legally an adult. The difference is whether that person acts like an adult. Being an adult there are responsibilities as well as society norms that you follow, if you are 18 and not following these you can be seen to be acting like a child, if you take this to far and go to court, you will be charged as an adult. So it depends, there are circumstances where I definitely don't act like an adult but saying that I know when to grow up and make mature decisions.
No. Of course not.I'm twenty two, quickly going on twenty three. I am no adult, not by a long shot. I may be legally an adult, but that's as far as it goes. I still have a long way to go, building myself before I can call myself that.
No, I don't believe so.. They are matured in age, yes, but that doesn't make them adults. 18.. You have adult privilages at 18, also, but that's not what makes you an adult. Some people believe you make yourself into an adult by how you act, but I've been told that 18 still counts as teenagers in a way. Again, 'matured' teenagers. Maybe give it around a few more years, around two or more good years and that's when I've been told people will consider you as an adult, but that's only what I've been taught. I personally think no, anyways. 20 seems like a good 'adult' age to start with, as long as you're not acting like a three-year-old at that age.
I'm almost 23, I live on my own, 150km away from my family, and I still don't feel I'm an adult. When I was 18 I did all kind of shit and I wasn't even near to being adult. BUT society label you as a grown up and responsible. It all depends from person to person, even thoe we are labeld as adults.f
Nope. I guess being an adult is relative. You may be of legal age but still be as immature as someone on their teens. Vis a vis someone maybe under 18 but might have a better head on his shoulders than someone like me who is already around her 20's.
In a way yes, they get to do things that they weren't able to do such as gamble, smoke, and by rated R movies. And of course go certain places that underage people aren't allowed to go. But I think one truly becomes an adult when they turn 21, or when one truly acts like an adult (paying bills, working at a job, etc...). I'd say mainly the second one. A person could totally be 21 and act like a "childish partying person whose immature".Hope this helps! ^_^
I agree with the other answers. Legally yes, they're considered an adult BUT that doesn't mean their maturity level is the best. There are some "adults" I know in their 30s and still act like they're 12. I'm 17 and I would say I'm pretty mature for my age, it's how I was brought up, I'm just not considered a "legal adult" yet.
One can not be called an adult until they can prove to be 'Mature' in the eyes of themselves and others. In my opinion, an 'Adult' can be any age, so long as they act their age, and sophisticated at that. However, they shouldn't try to act like a 'Legal-Aged' Adult, and try to pay bills, not listen to their elders, and such. They need to be mature to be called Adults.
At age 18 in the eyes of the law etc. you're an adult, however there are a number of situation where you will not be treated like you're an adult till much later. For example trying to buy a car when you're 18, you will get treated much differently than if you were let's say in your 30's. But it's mostly a mindset, it's based on how you conduct yourself. I've met 15 year olds who act and behave better than some of the people I interact with who are in their 20's. But you can have moments where you're still childish or immature, you might not feel like you're getting there but you are. Just wait until you associate with people younger than you and you'll realise you too were like that at one stage (maybe). So yes, you're an adult, but you're still young, as well as still learning and maturing.
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