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You're Now Considered an Adult Only Once You Reach This Age

Great news! More time to act immature. 

Forget 18, no one is really an “adult” until reaching age 24.

Sure, tell that to your parents.

Why the change?

With so many young people continuing to go to grad school, and putting off marriage and parenthood until their late 30’s, 40’s or even 50’s, the minimum age you are considered an adult has been upped. These days, the average couple marries for the first time when the groom is 32.5 years old and the bride is 30.6. Forty years ago, that number was 10 years earlier on average.

Scientists at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia argue that the age needs to be bumped up officially, London’s Telegraph reports.

Of course, some don’t agree with a perpetual childhood.

Dr. Jan Macvarish of the University of Kent told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilizing about spending your early 20’s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work.”

In other words, get out of your parents' basement.

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