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boja
19th January 2018, 09:50
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42732442

Summary
Adolescence is the phase of life stretching between childhood and adulthood, and its definition has long posed a conundrum. Adolescence encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions, both of which have changed in the past century. Earlier puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s. In parallel, delayed timing of role transitions, including completion of education, marriage, and parenthood, continue to shift popular perceptions of when adulthood begins. Arguably, the transition period from childhood to adulthood now occupies a greater portion of the life course than ever before at a time when unprecedented social forces, including marketing and digital media, are affecting health and wellbeing across these years. An expanded and more inclusive definition of adolescence is essential for developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies, and service systems. Rather than age 1019 years, a definition of 1024 years corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase and would facilitate extended investments across a broader range of settings.

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(18)30022-1/ppt

So here in the UK, at the age of 18 we are old enough to be sent to some war zone and get slaughtered, but we still have 6 more years before we become an "adult"

Bill Ryan
19th January 2018, 10:03
When I saw the thread title, I thought this might be a thread about the current 'age' of mankind. :)

GaelVictor
19th January 2018, 11:44
When I saw the thread title, I thought this might be a thread about the current 'age' of mankind. :)

You can be such an optimist.:sarcastic:

petra
19th January 2018, 12:23
So here in the UK, at the age of 18 we are old enough to be sent to some war zone and get slaughtered, but we still have 6 more years before we become an "adult"

I'm liking the use of your "stupid quotes" around the world "adult", that made me laugh.

At 18 I was clueless, and I wasn't much better at 24. Heck, I barely consider myself an adult now, and I'm 37!

As for being sent into war zones, screw that! It's a waste of time sending people who don't want to be there. They'll just end up firing their guns into the air.

People should have to volunteer to be a part of war... in my opinion. Following that though, what would the minimum age even be? I suppose if an 8 year old really really wanted to join the war, who am I to say no?

Wind
19th January 2018, 12:38
When I saw the thread title, I thought this might be a thread about the current 'age' of mankind. :)

In that case the title should be about infancy.