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Old 05-08-2003, 11:00 PM   #1
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You're Not A Grown Up Until You're 26!!

Are We Grown Up Yet? U.S. Study Says Not 'Till 26




CHICAGO (Reuters) - Most Americans believe someone isn't grown up until age 26, probably with a completed education, a full-time job, a family to support and financial independence, a survey said on Thursday.

But they also believe that becoming an official grown-up is a process that takes five years from about the age of 20, concluded the report from the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center.

The findings were based on a representative sample of 1,398 people over age 18 surveyed in person in 2002. It had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percent.

The poll found the following ages at which people expect the transitions to grown-up status to be completed: Age 20.9 self-supporting; 21.1 no longer living with parents; 21.2 full-time job; 22.3 education complete; 24.5 being able to support a family financially; 25.7 married; and 26.2 having a child.

'There is a large degree of consensus across social groups on the relative importance of the seven transitions,' said Tom Smith, director of the survey. 'The only notable pattern of differences is on views about supporting a family, having a child and getting married.

'Older adults and the widowed and married rate these as more important than younger adults and the never-married do,' he added. 'This probably reflects in large part a shift in values across generations away from traditional family values.'

The most valued step toward reaching adulthood, the survey found, was completing an education, followed by full-time employment, supporting a family, financial independence, living independently of parents, marriage and parenthood.
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I find this so amusing, because, two months shy of turning 26:

-I own a house w/ my live-in boyfriend
-Am self-employed
-College Education
-Have no intention of getting married before I'm 30
-Have no intention of having children

-I look maybe 22 in person
-I act like a complete child
-All I really ever want to do is go to a concert or to the beach
-I still love nightclubbing


Am I a "grown-up?"
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Old 05-08-2003, 11:07 PM   #3
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i am 28 and most of the time i still feel like i am a kid.
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Old 05-08-2003, 11:08 PM   #4
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I still watch cartoons, play with Barbies, and buy Happy Meals mainly for the toys.

I'll probably never grow up.
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what about renting a car? can't you not do that until you're 25? when i was in 10th grade my frisbee coach wasn't 'technically' allowed to drive the rental van that we took to a game because he was 22...
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I'm almost 37 and I still don't feel like a grown up.
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im 22 and im all grown up
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I'm 26.

In this corner we have:
College education
Full-time job
Husband

In the opposing corner we have:
Apartment living
Christmas lights hanging up year round
Living room decorated with paraphenalia of a certain rock band
Obsession with Hello Kitty collectibles

Perhaps the key is balance...
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well, 26 makes more sense than 21
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Good. I can still be a child for the next 6 months or so!!!!

Gotta love being a completely unresponsible 25 yr old!
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Cool. I have one year left to get my shit together.
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Old 05-09-2003, 09:18 AM   #15
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Good. I can still be a child for the next 6 months or so!!!!

Gotta love being a completely unresponsible 25 yr old!
same here,, when the birthday capt cowbell?
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