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I can’t blame 20 something’s for being immature and idealistic. The human brain doesn’t fully develop until 29.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443713704577601532208760746.html

Delayed Development: 20-Somethings Blame the Brain - WSJ.com

Many parents of 20-somethings worry that their offspring haven’t yet found a career path, gotten married or become financially independent.

These parents should chill out, experts say.

Recent research into how the brain develops suggests that people are better equipped to make major life decisions in their late 20s than earlier in the decade. The brain, once thought to be fully grown after puberty, is still evolving into its adult shape well into a person’s third decade, pruning away unused connections and strengthening those that remain, scientists say.

“Until very recently, we had to make some pretty important life decisions about education and career paths, who to marry and whether to go into the military at a time when parts of our brains weren’t optimal yet,” says neuroscientist Jay Giedd at the National Institute of Mental Health, whose brain-imaging studies of thousands of young people have yielded many of the new insights. Postponing those decisions makes sense biologically, he says. “It’s a good thing that the 20s are becoming a time for self-discovery.”

Such findings are part of a new wave of research into “emerging adulthood,” the years roughly from 18 to 29, which psychologists, sociologists and neuroscientists increasingly see as a distinct life stage. The gap between adolescence and full adulthood is becoming ever wider as more young people willingly or because of economic necessity prolong their education and postpone traditional adult responsibilities. As recently as the 1960s, the average age of first marriage for women in the U.S. was 20, and men 22. Today, the average is 26 for women and 28 for men.

JUST THANK THEM FOR VOTING TO BANKRUPT THEMSELVES SO MOM DAD GRANDPA GRANDMA AND THRIR UNCLES AND AUNTS CAN KEEP GETTING A CHECK AND CHEAP HEALTHCARE!

They are very generous and unselfish sacrificing themselves for their elders. Thank a liberal college student when you see them.


1,979 posted on 11/09/2012 6:17:01 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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Another sign that the framers US Constitution were guided by the hand of divine intervention. They set a minimum age for POTUS at 35 hundreds of years before brain imaging was possible.


1,980 posted on 11/09/2012 6:56:40 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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