Is 25 the new 15?

Twenty-five is becoming the new 15, argues Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old.

Young people who’ve grown up in a responsibility-free “bubble” don’t know how to find a job, manage money, cook or care for themselves, write Joseph and Claudia Allen. They’ve been socialized by their peers, not by adults.

We’ve done away with “competition (too masculine, I suppose) and real-world feedback (kids need high self-esteem!),” writes Dr. Helen, a psychologist.

Young people spend more time as college students, often taking five or six years to earn a degree. If it’s a non-technical degree — or they never actually complete it — they’re likely to be living at home at 25.

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  1. Dr. Robert Epstein has also addressed this issue in his 2007 book The Case Against Adolescence. Far too many parents and counselors have argued teens can’t “know what they want to do with the rest of their lives,” despite the conventional wisdom – and research – that people know very early where their interests and talents reside, as well as what kind of person they are. The effect is too many teens leaving high school not knowing who they are or where they are going.

  2. Devilbunny says:

    Sounds like a reasonably interesting book, but the ultimate problem is that those who should read it are least likely to do so.