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Puberty 1 1.67%
16 4 6.67%
18 24 40.00%
21 6 10.00%
20-something college grad 7 11.67%
30-something 6 10.00%
40-something 1 1.67%
Never 1 1.67%
I made it to adulthood once, but then I regressed back to childhood 10 16.67%
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Re: Poll: when does adulthood begin?
Old 10-24-2006, 07:07 AM   #21
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After considerable thought on the subject, I think you're an adult when you stop wishing that you were treated like an adult or could behave like an adult... and when you start wishing that you didn't have to be the adult.
So you are saying its when you have kids of your own, hunh?
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Re: Poll: when does adulthood begin?
Old 10-24-2006, 10:56 AM   #22
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So you are saying its when you have kids of your own, hunh?
You don't have to be an adult to reproduce, but you sure have to be one to raise the results!
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Re: Poll: when does adulthood begin?

Ironically, I think I finally really grew up when I went through my first divorce - 27/28. Until then I had been living in a bit of a fog. Oh I had done well in school and landed a good career, but I was driven more by instinct then deliberate choices.

About 27/28 was when I became a rational decision maker and took total responsibility for my personal choices. Until then it seems I more "muddled along" even though I was excelling by any conventional standards. My parents really didn't understand why I had to divorce, and the resulting estrangement and later reconciliation (where they weren't really my "parents" anymore but rather friends loved in spite of their own shortcomings) seems to have been a major milestone in my "growing up".

So - maybe growing up (or maturing) for me was more about really taking care of myself and no longer worrying about what my parents thought and freeing myself from the knee-jerk reactions caused by how I was raised.

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I voted for 20-something college grad.

I think you have to start to be an adult to finish college, and get a job, because you are not quite an adult but still may be listening to an adult/parent. You do some dumb stuff when you're in college.

You're an adult when you start to become responsible, not just when you're assumed to be responsible for your actions.

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Re: Poll: when does adulthood begin?

in the jewish religion we figure it starts after they graduate medical school
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Re: Poll: when does adulthood begin?

Adulthood begins when you must file your first form 1040... period, regardless of age.

Paying income tax should also be the only requirement to vote... period, regardless of age.
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Paying income tax should also be the only requirement to vote... period, regardless of age.
I say only white male land owners.

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Re: Poll: when does adulthood begin?

My dad always said,

"A boy becomes a man the day he learns to walk around a puddle instead of thru it."
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I recall thinking I was truly an adult when I had to buy my own toilet paper (before had lived at home, in dorms, in resort help housing).
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