Brits: Adolescence lasts till 25

Adolescence lasts till the age of 25, British psychologists have decided.

Parents insulate their children from “real-life experience,” says Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent. “So you have this kind of cultural shift which basically means that adolescence extends into your late twenties and that can hamper you in all kinds of ways, and I think what psychology does is it inadvertently reinforces that kind of passivity and powerlessness and immaturity and normalises that.”

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  1. I think they don’t go far enough. I’ve met some adolescents who were well past 25, if not quite ready for Medicare;-)

  2. Stacy in NJ says:

    The sun set some time ago on the Empire. Infantilizing your citizenry isn’t the best way of insuring freedom or prosperity.

  3. Adolescence will last as long as it’s allowed to.

  4. The title alone explains all – this is why the British have gone from having the largest Empire on Earth, back to being just another small European country. And now even England and Scotland may soon split up…

    • “…this is why the British have gone from having the largest Empire on Earth, back to being just another small European country.”


      I have never looked at the loss of Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand as British colonies as having anything to do with some British psychologists deciding that adolescence extends to age 25.


      And there was also WWI where the British lost almost 900K folks to military action (out of a population of ~45M … so ~2% of the population, ~4% of the male population and probably 20% of the military age population). And then WW2, where the British lost another 350K.


      And between the two conflicts, the British finances were sorta wrecked … running the sorts of deficits a country tends to run to survive these sorts of wars plays havok on economies.


      The British just weren’t in a good position (financially or in terms of manpower) to do what they would need to do to keep places like India/Pakistan and Palestine after WW2. What modern British psychologists think really doesn’t have much to do with the empire spinning off between the late 1800s and 1948.

  5. Roger Sweeny says:

    “Of course, you realise, Connolly, that whoever wins this war, we shall emerge a second-rate nation.” Eric Blair (the future George Orwell), age 11, at Eton during World War I to his friend Cyril Connolly