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Adult Onset

Putting legal definitions aside, at what age do you think someone can really be considered an adult?

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  • I don't think anybody can be really considered an adult, especially with personality aspects.
  • When they can look at life in a mature, and logical mentality. That can be at any age. Age wise? Over 18, but do they act like it? I doubt i. Being the age of consent, or smoking, voting or drinking doesn't make you more of an adult anymore than taking one class of a martial art makes you a competitor, and champion.
  • Kind of hard to tell. Age wise at least. Other ways, are mentality, and education and understanding of life. So, in conclusion, after they acquired some knowledge and maturity. Opinion wise, to each their own.
  • I think someone could be consider an adult when it has the comon sense to identify wrong from right and being responsable of that comon sense and its acts...
  • i honestly think that your an adult whenever you start acting more mature
  • i think its more when they are able to support themselves may mean graduating from college, starting a career, moving out. When they stop depending on their parents. currently both of my uncles are living at home....one is living at home b/c he has never moved out, his parents are still his support system the other just got release from jail and his wife stayed in his apartment and ran up all the bills in his name. being at his parents is a temporary situtation while he waits to get his water, heat, ect turned back on (1000's of dollars) i see one as and adult b/c he relaize its temporary and is making progress the other i see as a "child" bc he think its okay and his right to have his parents do that. Same goes for my sisters. my youngest sister i see more as and adult. She working and living at home so she can pay for school in cash in a year or two, she seems to try to live with in my parents rules....the other and older one i see as still child...she quits her jobs randomly for stupid reasons, takes my moms car like its hers ect. i feel the defining moment for most is when they move out....for good...not college.
  • Honestly? 20. The first thing i realised when i turned 20 was that my life upto that point was basically preparation for real-life. I don't think you really start your life properly until 20s because you're so restricted and still learning what's what. I'm not pretending that now I'm in my twenties i'm the wise witch of the forest, nor am i belittleling moments of wisdom and clarity when i was younger-but i have not had much freedom and control in my life until now. Not only do i feel more in control, but more importantly, i feel the confidence to control it independantly. I just don't think you get that when you're younger.
    Although i am willing accept exception when it comes to younger people who have had to grow up quickly, though i think it's a pity they are forced so quickly out of childhood.

  • I think it depends. Some people can be mature and adult, even though they're only 12. Some people still aren't mature when they're 25. It's all about personal experience.
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