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At What Age Did You Become An Adult?

March 23, 2017

I remember when I truly felt like an adult. It was in 2000 when I moved from a small town in Pennsylvania to the big, bad Philadelphia for a radio job. I was twenty-one and just dropped out of college for radio. (Side note: Thank God that decision panned out.) I moved into my first apartment and for the first time was going to live all by myself. What an incredible feeling. Sure, I was a bit scared, but it was so freeing as well. 

When do you think you officially became an adult? 

According to a new study, Millennials don't truly feel like they are adults until much later in life. I am 38, so technically I missed the millennial cut off by only one or two years. 

Think about it, though, back in the day people had babies and got married right out of high school. Now twenty-somethings are focusing on education and their careers. Plus the price of housing, food, and other basic needs have gone up big time. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the United Stated is $992 and it's only going up. 

So when do the majority of millennials believe they become adults? At the age of thirty! Although that is nine years later than I felt as if I entered adulthood, I do understand their thought process. I may have thought of myself to be an adult, but I wasn't a very good adult at that time. Some people and maybe even myself may argue that I am still trying to get the whole adulting thing down. For me, I didn't begin to know who I was until I turned 30. 

And did you know there are even classes on adulting being offered to millennials to learn the basics like car care, finances, and cooking? 

So what's taking these kids so much time to feel like they are grown, adults? Their parents are part of the problem. They coddle them and don't teach them the basics of living on their own and a lot of these kids come into their twenties clueless about a lot of things in life.

You can read more about the study and what they found here