By Grace Vasquez

Get ready researchers are now giving your kid a reason not to grow up!

Adolescence used to be the awkward stage everybody goes through starting around age 13 or 14, although some doctors extended to the age of 19. Well now scientists are saying it lasts far longer. Oh great.

Researchers at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, say the definition of adolescence should be expanded to include people ages ten to 24. Wait, what? Why?

Why? Because Millenials are delaying responsibilities. Well, tell us something we don’t know.

Researcher professor Susan Sawyer explains, “Although many adult legal privileges start at age 18 years, the adoption of adult roles and responsibilities generally occurs later. An expanded and more inclusive definition of adolescence is essential for developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies, and service systems.” She adds that biologically, the brain keeps maturing past the age of 20, and modern nutrition and health practices mean adolescence actually starts around age 10.

So I’ve always been told that girls mature faster than boys and that info came from my mom not some long extensive research, they could have just asked her. ~grace


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